Local Government

Lean years loom for Capital Improvement BoardRestricted Content

September 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board is headed for lean years, but it’s not for a lack of resources. The entity that oversees downtown convention and sports venues faces payment of two big debts.
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Former GIPC leader gets 2 years of home detention

September 19, 2014
Jeff Newman
The former executive director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee was sentenced to two years of home detention Friday after pleading guilty to four counts of forgery. The plea agreement was approved after Matthew Hendrix turned over a restitution check for $126,356.
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30 counties to be reimbursed for snow storm costs

September 18, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Currently, $1.13 million has been processed for reimbursement, and more federal money will be distributed as applications are processed.
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GIPC taps Indy Chamber exec as new director

September 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee on Wednesday announced the selection of Molly Deuberry as its new executive director.
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Dems block funding for preschool plan as meeting erupts

September 16, 2014
 Chalkbeat Indiana
The Indianapolis City-County Council’s finance committee voted to table funding for Mayor Greg Ballard’s $50 million preschool expansion plan and quickly adjourned a three-hour meeting Tuesday night despite protests.
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Local mayors tout plan for Red Line transit route

September 16, 2014
The mayors of Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield and Greenwood on Tuesday announced a potential plan and a timetable for The Red Line, a proposed rapid-transit all-electric bus route that would stretch 28 miles from Hamilton County to Johnson County.
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Hamilton County communities battle tax appeals

September 13, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville are trying to head off appeals that cause tax revenue to come in lower than expected, especially for projects within tax-increment-financing districts.
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Melangton leaving Sports Corp. for IMS

September 12, 2014
Greg Andrews, Jeff Newman, Anthony Schoettle
Allison Melangton plans to step down as Indiana Sports Corp. president and will become senior vice president of events with Hulman & Co., parent of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ryan Vaughn, chief of staff to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, will succeed Melangton.
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Lilly execs make pitch for local preschool education

September 12, 2014
Jared Council
Eli Lilly and Co. executives on Friday repeated their plea to local businesses to support early childhood education, highlighting the work force development and crime-reduction benefits associated with the effort.
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Democrats raise doubts about Ballard’s preschool plan

September 11, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat indiana
Funding concerns involving the homestead credit have prompted work on an alternative plan that Democrats expect to unveil soon.
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Indianapolis council OKs public safety tax hike

September 8, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a 19-10 bipartisan vote, the Indianapolis City-County Council approved a hike in the public-safety income tax. The 43-percent increase will bring the total local income tax rate to 1.77 percent.
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Lowe's seeks $500K tax break from city on customer center

September 3, 2014
Mason King
The home-improvement retail giant plans to hire 1,000 workers for the center at Intech Park on the northwest side. The jobs would pay an average hourly wage of about $16.
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City Dems tap replacement for departed councilor Brown

August 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
LaKeisha Jackson was chosen to replace Vernon Brown in District 18. Brown stepped down in August after 11 years on the council.
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City-County Council approves landlord registryRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
The ordinance is the product of state legislation this year that effectively shut down rental-property inspection programs but left municipalities the option of creating registries.
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Noblesville eyes plans for $10M park, amphitheater

August 22, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Officials hope to bolster the city's "hipstoric" downtown and jump-start redevelopment of a key community gateway. But the price strikes some as steep.
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EMS service to lay off 361 workers in Indiana

August 21, 2014
Mason King
Rural/Metro Corp. says the changing health care landscape and the challenges of covering rural communities are forcing it to end its area ambulance services. It's also closing a billing operations center in Indianapolis.
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Advocate brokers lower IPL rate hike for car-sharing service

August 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. customers would see less of a rate hike for an electric car-sharing program under a settlement agreement negotiated by the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor.
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Flanner House charter school to close after cheating allegations

August 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Flanner House Elementary charter school will close on Sept. 11 after the Indiana Department of Education found evidence of widespread cheating on the state standardized ISTEP test. The school has 176 students.
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Engineers: Union Station requires $3.7 million in emergency repairs

August 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Department of Metropolitan Development could tap the downtown TIF fund to cover the costs. The problems were uncovered after bricks fell off the station's south wall in December 2012.
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Cardinal Health unit seeks tax breaks for local drug facility

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A subsidiary of Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. is seeking tax breaks from the city of Indianapolis to help it open a $14.4 million local drug-production facility that would employ 85 workers by 2017.
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Indianapolis 2015 budget would use reserves

August 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will introduce to the City-County Council on Monday night a $1 billion budget for 2015 that taps reserves to make ends meet. Next year would be the third year in a row that the city taps fund balances to close a budget deficit.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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IU research center trying to remedy 'civic deficit'Restricted Content

August 16, 2014
The Center for Civic Literacy will open its first public conference Aug. 22 with the goal of connecting scholars and practitioners in the fields of education, business, not-for-profits, media and government.
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Top Ballard deputy Kintner heading for private sector

August 15, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced several staff changes Friday morning, including the planned departure of Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Deron Kintner.
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Democrats question $12M in consulting contracts

August 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The cash-strapped city of Indianapolis has entered agreements worth more than $12 million as it pursues a public-private partnership for a new courthouse and jail. Mayor Greg Ballard's office says the fees will be paid by the developer.
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