Local Government

City or town? Confusing ballot to determine fate of Fishers

October 17, 2012
Cory Schouten
A group of Fishers residents is crying foul over questions on the November ballot that will determine whether Fishers remains a town, becomes a "reorganized" city with a council and city manager, or a traditional city with an elected mayor.
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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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Marion County refigures property values amid errors

October 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis taxpayers wondering what their property is worth might have to wait until December because of widespread errors discovered in local assessments.
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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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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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Fishers debates whether to remain a town or become a cityRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Voters will be faced with three options for how the town will be governed in the future.
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Future of Fishers campaign focuses on ballot questionsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Public meetings offer residents opportunity to learn about potential change in northeast-side town's form of government.
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Ballard: Riggs a 'great choice' for public safety director

September 18, 2012
Associated Press
David "Troy" Riggs, who was officially named public safety director of Indianapolis on Tuesday, said he wants to increase the number of police officers on city streets.
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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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Neighborhoods back new 'north-midtown' TIF area

September 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council will have more than one big tax-increment finance issue to consider at a meeting Monday night. A new TIF district stretching from Fall Creek to White River along College Avenue will be introduced.
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City names new chief for animal care and control

September 14, 2012
Daniel T. Shackle, an attorney who served as a program manager in the Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement, takes over for Amber Myers, who submitted her resignation late last month.
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Sheriff's office defends keeping Anderson, Cottey on payroll

September 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Former sheriffs Frank Anderson and Jack Cottey are each being paid $35,000 per year by the Marion County Sheriff's Department for advice and work on budgeting, jail operations and other issues.
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New metropolitan development director named

September 12, 2012
Adam Thies will succeed Maury Plambeck as director of Indianapolis' Department of Metropolitan Development, effective Oct. 1. Plambeck will lead a program directing the next RebuildIndy investments into city neighborhoods.
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Straub named to lead police in Washington city

September 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to approve Frank Straub as the city's director of law enforcement.
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Airport touts generating more than $56M in tax revenueRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Property tax isn't part of the equation, which irritates some Decatur Township residents.
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Steak n Shake paying $3.8M for Ober Building

September 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
An affiliate of the Steak n Shake restaurant chain has agreed to pay $3.8 million to acquire downtown's Ober Building from the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County. The restaurant chain likely will move its headquarters to the 1910 building.
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Fishers reorganization plan to appear on November ballot

August 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Following a legal battle decided by the Indiana Supreme Court, the Hamilton County Election Board has agreed to give residents of Fishers and Fall Creek Township the opportunity in November to vote on merging the two into a single city.
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TIF district expansion proposal gets committee OK

August 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A proposal that would expand a downtown tax-increment financing district to the northeast and northwest was approved Monday by the City-County Council's Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee.
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City builds modern database to manage aging infrastructureRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will spend $2 million this year to create its first comprehensive, modern inventory of its streets and sidewalks.
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Mayor signs off on domestic-partner ordinance

August 23, 2012
The ordinance covering city employees offers insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. The mayor also signed the "Complete Streets" proposal.
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Spokane hires Indy's former public safety director as police chief

August 22, 2012
Associated Press
Frank Straub will be the new police chief in Spokane, the mayor of the Washington city announced Wednesday. Straub was director of public safety for the city of Indianapolis until Aug. 10.
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Excess TIF revenue would help close city budget gapRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Mayor proposes shifting $10 million out of downtown district to help make up for $65 million general-fund shortfall.
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Carmel moves toward $183 million refinancing

August 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The refinancing would free up about $8.8 million for future development projects and keep the Carmel Redevelopment Commission out of the red. But a skirmish is brewing over a CRC proposal for the city to help cover operating expenses.
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  1. If what you stated is true, then this article is entirely inaccurate. "State sells bonds" is same as "State borrows money". Supposedly the company will "pay for them". But since we are paying the company, we are still paying for this road with borrowed money, even though the state has $2 billion in the bank.

  2. Andrew hit the nail on the head. AMTRAK provides terrible service and that is why the state has found a contractor to improve the service. More trips, on-time performance, better times, cleanliness and adequate or better restrooms. WI-FI and food service will also be provided. Transit from outlying areas will also be provided. I wouldn't take it the way it is but with the above services and marketing of the service,ridership will improve and more folks will explore Indy and may even want to move here.

  3. They could take the property using eminent domain and save money by not paying the church or building a soccer field and a new driveway. Ctrwd has monthly meetings open to all customers of the district. The meetings are listed and if the customers really cared that much they would show. Ctrwd works hard in every way they can to make sure the customer is put first. Overflows damage the surrounding environment and cost a lot of money every year. There have been many upgrades done through the years to help not send flow to Carmel. Even with the upgrades ctrwd cannot always keep up. I understand how a storage tank could be an eye sore, but has anyone thought to look at other lift stations or storage tanks. Most lift stations are right in the middle of neighborhoods. Some close to schools and soccer fields, and some right in back yards, or at least next to a back yard. We all have to work together to come up with a proper solution. The proposed solution by ctrwd is the best one offered so far.

  4. Fox has comments from several people that seem to have some inside information. I would refer to their website. Changed my whole opionion of this story.

  5. This place is great! I'm piggy backing and saying the Cobb salad is great. But the ribs are awesome. $6.49 for ribs and 2 sides?! They're delicious. If you work downtown, head over there.

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