County Government

City-County Council approves 2011 budget

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The CIB's $73.1 million budget, which included a $10 million payment to the Pacers for the operation of Conseco Fieldhouse, passed by a 15-14 vote.
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Counties brace for big tax losses next year

August 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana counties will receive $1.3 billion in income tax revenue in 2011, nearly 16 percent less than they did this year. Marion and Hamilton counties will suffer major reductions in distributions.
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FBI combs through records on Brizzi deals

May 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
The FBI is collecting records on an Elkhart real estate deal and an Indianapolis drug case, both involving Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi and defense attorney Paul Page.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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Prosecutor's Office missed deadline on $273K in seized OmniSource cash

April 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department likely will have to return more than $273,000 in cash seized as part of a racketeering investigation after the Marion County Prosecutor's Office missed a civil forfeiture deadline.
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Brizzi ordered dismissal in trespassing case

April 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Another case has surfaced in which Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi personally weighed in to the benefit of defense attorney Paul Page, Brizzi’s friend and business partner.
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Massa says office 'should inspire public confidence, not public cynicism'

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has said he has no plans to resign, despite Mark Massa's call Wednesday morning for him to step down. Brizzi will be eligible for a public pension if he finishes his second term Dec. 31.
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Massa calls on Brizzi to resign

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mark Massa, former general counsel for Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Republican candidate for Marion County prosecutor, calls on Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, also a Republican, to step down in the wake of an IBJ investigation.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Brizzi ordered lenient deal for business partner's client

April 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi last year intervened in a major drug case to offer a reduced sentence over objections from both law enforcement officers and his own deputy prosecutors.
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Prosecutor Brizzi defends no-cost real estate deal

March 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi paid nothing for a 50-percent stake in an Elkhart office building he acquired with a local defense attorney.
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Brizzi's lease deals benefited friend, donor

March 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Records show Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi directed lucrative work for the Prosecutor's Office to his friend, business partner and political contributor John Bales.
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Indiana Senate approves plan to cut township boards

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The bill now likely will go to a House-Senate conference committee to try to resolve the House-passed and Senate-approved versions of the bill.
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Governor's attorney mulling run for county prosecutor

January 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Mark Massa, attorney for Gov. Mitch Daniels, is "considering" running for Marion County prosecutor as the Republican candidate. The leader of the party in the county said he would be "ecstatic" if he would.
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Brizzi silent on controversy as he opts against 3rd term

January 14, 2010
Greg Andrews
The written statement Carl Brizzi released Thursday saying he will not seek a third term as Marion County prosecutor makes no reference to the controversy surrounding his business and personal ties with embattled Indianapolis financier Tim Durham.
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Assessor predicts 2010 property tax bills will be on time

December 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis property tax bills, paid in two installments due in May and November, should be sent without delay for the first year since 2006.
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Ballard rolls out tougher requirements for lobbyists

December 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Lobbyists paid $1,000 or more to sway city or county officials will be required to report all activity online.
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Lawrence Township exploring fire department merger

November 17, 2009
A Lawrence Township trustee is proposing to merge the township’s fire department with the Indianapolis Fire Department, in an attempt to further reduce its operating deficit.
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Suburban counties building outer loop to avoid Indianapolis

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Counties wanting to speed traffic among suburbs are building highways to avoid having to travel into Indianapolis. The result, a 100-mile outer loop beyond Interstate 465, won't be completed for years, and it won't be built to consistent standards, but it might help ease congestion.
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Fitch strips Indianapolis of prized AAA bond rating

August 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Fitch and other rating agencies are concerned that the phase-in of property tax caps will further strain the city's finances.
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Arts Council faces grants-divvying dilemmaRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis faces the unenviable task of divvying up less than $1 million in city grants for the arts, compared with $2.15 million that was awarded last year.
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Unigov 2.0 isn't just about savingsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Saving money may be the bottom-line reason for reforming local government, but that's only one of the benefits.
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Government reform effort long overdueRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Critics were lined up to oppose Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to streamline local government almost before he left the podium Dec. 19. Big surprise.
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City of Lawrence, billboard firms tangle with Marion County plannersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
What started as a dispute over a pair of digital billboards in Lawrence has evolved into a battle with broad implications for Marion County.
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'Smoke free' needs to be the law in all Hoosier public placesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
If Indianapolis is going to be a first-class city, it needs to have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.
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New hotel tax in Johnson County would fund horse park, tourism bureauRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Johnson County officials this month approved a 7-percent tax on hotel-room stays.
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