Local Government

Parks foundation gets $10M from Lilly Endowment

December 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation has received a record-setting $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to upgrade 13 parks in Marion County, the foundation announced Monday.
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Johnson County officials repeal public smoking ordinance

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
Johnson County commissioners voted unanimously this week to repeal a tough new public smoking ordinance less than a month before it was scheduled to go into effect.
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City unveils plan to convert vehicle fleet from gas, diesel

December 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Mayor Greg Ballard outlined plans to shift the city's fleet of cars, heavy trucks and even police cruisers to a mix of electricity and natural gas by 2025.
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CIB to consider 1-year extension with Pacers, source says

December 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is expected to seek a one-year extension of its current lease deal with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, according to a former board member and current Indianapolis city-county councilor.
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Face-lift nearly complete at Eagle Creek golf courses

December 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Eagle Creek Golf Club received a long-awaited face-lift this year under a contract that will rescue the city from most of its expenses stemming from the previous operator’s loan default.
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Mayor reaches preliminary pact with police, firefighter unions

December 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
After saying in August he would revoke raises for police officers and firefighters, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has agreed in principal to a new contract that would delay a 3 percent salary hike by six months.
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State's local income tax system isn't keeping up with demandRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
A report by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute and Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute recommends streamlining the system.
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Central Indiana city looks to relax business sign rules

November 9, 2012
Associated Press
Greenfield officials are proposing new measures to relax the city's strict sign standards in an effort to be more friendly to businesses.
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Voters embrace education reform locally, but not in state race

November 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Three new reform-minded IPS board members could help usher in sweeping changes to the school district. At the state level, however, school librarian Glenda Ritz denied Tony Bennett a second term as voters spurned his sweeping education overhaul.
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Reform-minded candidates secure IPS board seats

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Public Schools board will have a new look in the new year.
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Johnson County passes tougher smoking law

November 5, 2012
Johnson County commissioners on Monday morning approved countywide public smoking restrictions that will take effect in January. The ordinance is more restrictive than previous laws passed in Franklin and Greenwood.
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Lawmaker cries foul over Fishers vote endorsement

November 4, 2012
Associated Press
A state lawmaker is taking issue with a group that backs a new "hybrid city" government in an Indianapolis suburb and says she never endorsed the plan.
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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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Simon says Sandy caused minimal damage to shopping centers

October 30, 2012
Bloomberg News
A company spokesman said damage was minor at Simon’s malls and outlet centers in New York and other areas hit by the storm.
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Report tallies local government debt loadsRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new reporting requirement on local governments gives taxpayers unprecedented access to debt information, but the data is also likely to raise many questions.
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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 paying $2.3 million to 2 hurt in officer's crash

October 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The city of Indianapolis will pay $2.3 million to two people seriously injured when their motorcycle was struck by a police cruiser driven by an officer allegedly driving drunk.
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Judge: Anderson can lay off firefighters

October 24, 2012
Associated Press
Circuit Judge Dennis Carroll said in a 27-page ruling Tuesday said that Indiana law gives municipalities the right to lay off employees because of economic conditions.
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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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