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Indianapolis to boost businesses owned by disabled

May 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The companies could get a greater share of business from city and county contracts under a proposal signed into law Thursday by Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Republicans to question Ballard's $6M sports park

April 22, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The City-County Council's GOP caucus will grill the mayor's staff in a private meeting Monday evening about plans for the park, which caught many of them by surprise last week.
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City struggles to close gap on $30M in budget cuts

April 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis leaders made a pact to cut 5 percent from the already-adopted 2013 budget, but the reality might prove too difficult to stomach.
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Councilor's party switch shrinks Democrats' edge

March 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
City-County Councilor Jose Evans, twice elected as Democrat, announced Tuesday he would become a member of the Republican Party and caucus with Republican councilors, taking the Democratic majority from 16-13 to 15-14.
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Charter schools bill would strip Indy council's authorityRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
A bill moving through the state legislature would remove the City-County Council's ability to veto mayor-sponsored charter schools.
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Senators look to sunset city's ticket, excise tax hikesRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Legislator says the recent tax increases aren't being used for the purpose intended when such increases were authorized in 2009.
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Digital billboards gaining local supportRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Clear Channel Outdoor, which owns most of the billboards within city limits, has lined up two city-county councilors to sponsor a bill that would loosen a decade-old ban on digital billboards.
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City may borrow to pay Bisard litigantsRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Bond issue might cover $2.3 million owed to two people injured in 2010 crash involving officer.
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City-County Council approves north-side TIF district

January 29, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new redevelopment area will be created on the north side, as the Indianapolis City-County Council voted 23-5 Monday night in favor of the North Midtown tax-increment finance district.
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Council OKs tax hikes on tickets, car rentals

January 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council on Monday night approved tax hikes to admissions to downtown events and on rental cars.
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Mahern wants council members to disclose free game tix

January 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council is poised to approve a huge increase in ticket taxes on professional sports, and one council member wants to make sure those voting on the hike disclose the freebies they get for Pacers and Colts games.
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Ex-councilor Bateman agrees to plead guilty to fraud charges

January 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Paul C. Bateman Jr., a former Democrat city-county councilor, agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to 13 counts of money laundering and wire fraud for his part in defrauding an Indianapolis physician of $1.7 million.
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Democrats alter City-County Council posts, GOP member steps downRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
John Barth replaces Brian Mahern, a fierce opponent of some of Mayor Ballard's policies, as council vice president.
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City set to hike entertainment, visitor taxes

January 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis City-County Council leaders have agreed to increase visitor and entertainment taxes to avoid what one councilor called a drastic reduction in services.
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Ballard nixes new redistricting plan for Council

December 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Friday vetoed a City-County Council redistricting plan, likely setting the stage for a lengthy court battle. He wants to stick with the lines drawn by Republicans in late 2011, before newly elected Democrats took control.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: Council Dem Mahern plays role of antagonist

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
City-County Council Vice President Brian Mahern emerged as the chief foe of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s redevelopment agenda.
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CIB to fight council's attempt to take $15 million

November 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin, Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board's directors voted Thursday afternoon on three actions that will circumvent the $15 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, which the Indianapolis City-County Council included in the CIB's budget.
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Ballard to nix parts of council budget

October 26, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard plans to sign a $1 billion budget plan approved by the Indianapolis City-County Council earlier this month, but only after using his line-item veto powers to kill major portions of it.
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City-County Council passes controversial budget

October 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved a budget Monday night that relies on a $15 million payment from a tax-exempt entity, likely setting the stage for a legal battle, plus difficult negotiations with Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Democrat-controlled committee OKs tapping CIB for $15M

October 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The plan—opposed by Republican Mayor Greg Ballard and members of the CIB—now advances to the City-County Council.
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State Senate leader warns city about raiding CIB funds

October 11, 2012
Scott Olson
Council Democrats want to take funds from the Capital Improvement Board's $67 million cash reserve to help shore up the city's budget. But State Sen. Luke Kenley lobbed a threat that might make them think twice about pursuing the proposal.
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CIB standing firm against city plan to tap reserves

October 9, 2012
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board on Monday adopted a formal resolution opposing a plan by some City-County Council Democrats to tap CIB coffers to plug the city's budget gap.
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City asks developers to make local hires in downtown TIFRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis city-county councilors hope expanding the downtown TIF district will mean more jobs for their constituents. Developers, city contractors and other firms benefiting from the expanded economic-development zone must try to ensure that 40 percent of their work force comes from within the expanded TIF area.
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Council approves new downtown TIF district

October 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council on Monday night voted 25-2 to expand the downtown tax-increment financing district to the northeast and northwest.
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Council tables vote on TIF proposal after lawsuit

September 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Facing a lawsuit from a city activist, the Indianapolis City-County Council put off voting Monday night on a long-delayed proposal to expand a downtown tax-increment financing district.
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