Local Government

Councilor seeks review of city's TIF-district strategyRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Cory Schouten
Brian Mahern, a Democrat on the City-County Council, plans to propose a study commission to examine the effectiveness of TIF districts, how property tax caps will affect them, and ways to increase transparency for the complicated financing vehicles.
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Ballard to veto tougher smoking-ban proposal

February 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard plans to veto a proposed ordinance that would expand the city’s public smoking ban, his spokesman confirmed Thursday.
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Statewide smoking ban passes House

January 31, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Even if Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard follows through on a threat to veto the tougher citywide smoking ban council members passed Monday, a similar measure still pending in the General Assembly would prohibit lighting up in public places statewide.
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Council votes to expand citywide smoking ban

January 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted in favor of an expanded public smoking ban Monday night. Members voted 19-9 in favor of expanding the citywide ban to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars.
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Naming-rights deal to benefit city's snow-removal efforts

January 24, 2012
The agreement calls for longtime salt supplier Cargill Inc. to give Indianapolis 125 tons of salt and five pickup trucks equipped with snow plows and salt spreaders.
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State Senate backs bill on officeholder limits

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
People who work for cities, towns or counties would no longer be allowed to hold political offices in those government units under a bill approved by the Indiana Senate.
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CIB expects to lose money during Super Bowl

January 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board, which manages Lucas Oil Stadium, is budgeting for an $810,000 loss on expenses related to the game. The city, however, expects a $200 million economic impact.
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Indy tests its snow-removal plan for Super Bowl

January 13, 2012
Associated Press
A light snowfall that's blanketed Indianapolis is giving the city's street crews a chance to test their snow-removal strategy for the Super Bowl.
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Towing company suing city over loss of contract

January 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Interstate/Delaware & South Towing has filed suit against Indianapolis, charging breach of contract. The company, accused of numerous towing violations, faces suspension or revocation of its license.
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Neighborhood eyesore headed for demolition

December 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city is soliciting bids from companies to tear down four buildings on the 16-acre Avanti Development Corp. property, which is tucked in a residential area a few miles west of downtown Indianapolis.
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Mind Trust calls for decentralizing IPS district

December 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
By gutting its central office, Indianapolis Public Schools could free up $188 million to provide universal preschool, to pay key teachers more than $100,000 a year and to transform itself into a network of autonomous “opportunity” schools.
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City avoids foreign brands in adding to its fleet of hybrid vehiclesRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Department of Public Works bought Ford Fusion hybrids after the purchase of Toyota's a few years ago stirred controversy.
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Waltons give $1 million to Mind Trust charter incubator

December 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
The $1 million grant from the Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation will fund a team that will open its first charter school in the 2013-2014 school year as part of what the group hopes will become a network of high-performing charter schools.
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Celadon plans expansion, $3.4M office building

December 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Celadon Group Inc. is seeking tax abatements from the city to build a $3.4 million office building at its far-east-side headquarters. The local trucking firm plans to hire 100 more employees by 2016.
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City announces street closures for Super Bowl

December 15, 2011
Several streets in downtown Indianapolis, including part of Monument Circle and those surrounding Lucas Oil Stadium, will be closed in the few weeks leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
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Ten Hoosiers chosen for Georgia Street memorials

December 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
The honorees include business leaders, former U.S. presidents, famous novelists, a Shawnee chief and a feminist pioneer.
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City-County committee nixes tougher smoking ban

December 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The City-County Council's Rules and Public Policy Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday night against sending a tough smoking-ban proposal to a full council.
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Mayors back transit tax hike in Marion, Hamilton counties

December 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard say more local transit options are needed despite the steep cost. A ballot referendum would be required so voters could consider a 0.3-percent income-tax increase to pay for a $1.3 billion project.
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GOP brass opts not to battle townshipsRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Republican leaders in the General Assembly who have backed local government reform will trade ambitious proposals they’ve pursued in years past for more moderate—and widely accepted—ideas in the next legislative session.
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Rolls-Royce tax-incentives deal set for hearing

December 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
A plan to offer a 10-year tax abatement worth $23 million for Rolls-Royce Corp. to redevelop two plants on the west side and move thousands of office workers into downtown's Faris campus is scheduled for an initial hearing Wednesday.
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Indiana communities run into higher salt prices

December 4, 2011
Associated Press
Communities across Indiana could have less money to pave roads and fill potholes because of rising road salt costs.
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'Buy local' law to be tweakedRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
New requirement that local governments hire local bidders came under fire.
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Plowman receives 40-month federal sentence

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal judge on Thursday afternoon sentenced former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman to 40 months in prison for attempted extortion and bribery.
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Prosecutors recommend 6-1/2 years for Plowman

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The former City-County Councilor, convicted in September on federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday afternoon.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Council prez takes 11th-hour run at ban, redistricting

November 30, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vaughn_watch VideoWhy is Ryan Vaughn ending his tenure as City-County Council president with two hot-button proposals? Can he get the votes for a stronger smoking ban? How does he react to a call for his removal?
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