Local Government

Indiana overpays localities $610M over 3 years

February 25, 2011
Associated Press
State budget officials are seeking to recoup much of nearly $610 million overpaid to local governments in fiscal years 2009, 2010 and 2011 due to income tax revenue estimates thrown off by the lingering recession.
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Indianapolis library system sees drop in visits

February 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system, which reduced hours to deal with budget cuts, saw patron visits drop 15 percent in 2010, to just more than 5 million.
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City seeks replacement for GM plant

February 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis will spend $115,000 on a study to explore redevelopment opportunities for the 102-acre GM Stamping Plant property west of downtown that will close this summer.
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Water playground proposed for far-east side park

February 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Splash zone is among several improvements slated for German Church and 30th Park, a few of which will be considered Thursday by the Metropolitan Development Commission's hearing examiner.
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Parking meter replacement set to begin in March

February 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Affiliated Computer Services, which struck a deal late last year to manage the city's parking meters, will begin replacing meters in downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple early next month.
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CIB set to approve parking lot paving bid

February 14, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board will consider a bid for up to $900,000 to pave a gravel parking lot on the former site of Market Square Arena once slated for redevelopment.
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Ice storm uses big chunk of city snow-removal budget

February 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis spent almost half its 2011 budget for snow removal—$3.4 million—to deal with last week’s ice and snow storms, the city announced Friday morning.
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Technicality delays council's North of South vote

February 8, 2011
Tom Harton
A technicality caused the City-County Council on Monday night to put off a final vote on the massive North of South mixed-use project slated to be built on 14 acres north of the Eli Lilly and Co. corporate campus.
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Bill would limit school referendum campaigns

February 6, 2011
Associated Press
State Rep. Cindy Noe, R-Indianapolis, wants to stop schools from using public money and bar school employees from campaigning for referendums that would raise property taxes.
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Fix-up list is long as Indianapolis prepares for 2012 Super Bowl

January 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Plenty of opportunities await city officials bent on making downtown shine for the massive event.
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Local Tea Party group takes aim at Carmel mayor

January 27, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A new Carmel-based Tea Party group, the Constitutional Patriots, has set its sights on Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, taking issue with his spending on projects like the $170 million Center for the Performing Arts.
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City offers another parks facility for lease

January 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indy Parks & Recreation officials on Monday issued a request for proposals from entities interested in leasing the Riverside Marina facility near 30th Street and White River Parkway.
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Vote on North of South project's bond financing delayed

January 21, 2011
Scott Olson
The city's Economic Development Committee, which was set to vote on the downtown project's $98 million bond financing package on Tuesday, chose to wait until February after making a few changes.
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Senator tries to fix Greenwood merger problems

January 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Brent Waltz hopes new legislation on local government mergers will mend fences in his home of Johnson County while saving other Indiana communities a series of headaches.
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Reports say Indiana townships inefficient

January 16, 2011
Associated Press
New investigations reported in Indiana newspapers say there are widespread patterns of inefficiency in the government of the state's 1,008 townships.
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Universal curbside recycling program looks iffyRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Finding a way to cover the cost of expanding the program with revenue from sales of recycled goods such as aluminum, plastic and glass has proved tough, even as commodities prices rise with the improving economy.
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Embattled prosecutor Brizzi plans new business

December 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he plans a new business in reputation management. He will also work as an attorney from offices in Hamilton County and Indianapolis.
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Water employee: Veolia falsified records to get bonuses

December 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Testimony is part of effort to deny Veolia Water $29 million contract termination fee as part of utility sale. Group claims salaried employees owed millions of dollars.
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Fourth Artsgarden walkway gets final approval

December 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Construction on the walkway that will connect the downtown PNC Center with the Indianapolis Artsgarden should begin in March. Plans to pave the gravel parking lots on the former site of Market Square also received approval.
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CIB seeking bids for stadium, convention security

December 23, 2010
Request for proposals calls for providing 24-hour security at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, as well as providing armed guards for special events. The CIB plans to award contracts in mid-March.
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CIB finances faring better than expected

December 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board, through the first nine months of the year, was running $12.3 million ahead of budget, by posting $6.5 million more revenue than planned while cutting $5.8 million in expenses.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Deputy mayor keeps thick skin

December 9, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Huber_watch_videoMichael Huber has learned not to take critics' barbs personally as he oversees some of the city's biggest deals.
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Touted Build America Bonds may not be available for utility dealRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy previously said not using the bonds would add about $100 million to the cost of the deal over 30 years.
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North of South financing clears first hurdle

December 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission has approved an $86 million city loan to help fund the $155 million mixed-used development near the downtown campus of Eli Lilly and Co. The project still needs approval from the City-County Council.
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City looking for consultants to ramp up green programs

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Office of Sustainability in November put out two requests for consultants or teams to implement environmentally friendly initiatives.
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  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.

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