Local Government

Indy committee advances new panhandling proposal

November 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indianapolis City-County Council committee has approved a proposal that would ban panhandling and other forms of begging near bank entrances, ATMs and other specified areas.
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Smoking ban opens new doors to Visit Indy

November 14, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
New convention prospects are talking to the city's marketing agency after passage of the city's expanded smoking ordinance last year.
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Hearing draws lively debate on Fishers food-drink tax

November 13, 2013
Larry Lannan / Special to IBJ
The Fishers Chamber of Commerce and some individual business owners are on opposite sides of a debate over imposing a 1-percent food-and-beverage tax to help fund economic development efforts in the town.
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Fishers looking to fund development with tax hike

November 9, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Suburban neighbors already impose 1-percent levy on food and beverage sales.
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Ballard adds name to council's marriage resolution

November 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
City-County Resolution 354, co-sponsored by Democrats John Barth, Angela Mansfield and Zach Adamson, and Republican Benjamin Hunter, will be voted on by the full council Monday.
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Election lobbyist chairs Marion County clerk race

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
Kip Tew, a former Democratic Party chairman and Statehouse lobbyist, is chairing the campaign of Frank Lloyd while also representing Election Systems and Software LLC.
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T2 Systems loses tax break over technicality

November 7, 2013
Dan Human
The software developer moved across town to a new address in 2012, which nullified its agreement with the city—although it's still on track to meet its goals for new investment and hiring.
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IBJ rolls out politics website

November 6, 2013
Staff Report
The central Indiana business news authority has elevated the idea behind its popular Forefront section and created a website similarly focused on commentary about politics, policy and government.
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Redevelopment commission for Carmel in turmoilRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The city's big-spending redevelopment commission, which helped fund some of Carmel's most ambitious projects, now is facing a tight budget, a staff exodus and brow-raising audit.
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Central Indiana trustee pleads guilty to taking $270,000

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
Sandra Norman was charged with stealing the money by writing checks to herself, friends and her boyfriend since she became trustee in early 2011.
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Preservationists float ideas for reusing City Hall

October 30, 2013
Scott Olson
An upscale hotel, a brewery and an event center were among the proposals suggested by members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The group is holding its annual conference in Indianapolis for the first time.
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Indiana's long fight for less government has politicians protecting own

October 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
Economists and politicians on both sides of the aisle have argued for years that streamlining government in Indiana could save millions of dollars, but vested interests and fear of change have stymied real reform.
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Marion County, Simon tangle over value of malls

October 29, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A years-long fight between Marion County and mall developer Simon Property Group Inc. has moved to the Indiana Tax Court as a judge weighs vastly different estimates of the values of Lafayette Square Mall and Washington Square Mall.
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Indiana to seek better future deal on Amtrak line to Chicago

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to re-examine a deal that will keep the Amtrak line between Indianapolis and Chicago running for at least another year.
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Dems, mayor reach budget deal that includes more police on streets

October 14, 2013
Scott Olson
The agreement funds a $15 million budget shortfall for 2014 and could result in a net gain of 80 police officers by 2015. The City-County Council overwhelmingly approved the budget Monday evening.
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Developer seeks tax break on $16.2M apartment project

October 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Herman & Kittle Properties Inc. would save $452,000 in property taxes on the development, slated for 22.5 acres on the southwest side.
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Council to weigh probe of public safety lease deal

October 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The City-County Council will decide Monday whether to create a committee to scrutinize the Regional Operations Center, which Public Safety Director Troy Riggs vacated in September over safety concerns.
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White River path nears completion after $2.7M investment

October 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The 4-mile stretch of the Wapahani Trail will connect White River State Park to a multi-use path on Raymond Street near Eli Lilly and Co.'s 255-acre private park.
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Candidates scarce so far for Fishers' first city election

October 4, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Only two contenders have thrown their hats in the ring, with 10 positions open and just seven months to go before the fledgling city's debut election. Lack of defined district boundaries is a hurdle.
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Former City Hall could reopen for planning work

October 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city's development director hopes to launch a countywide planning effort, and he wants it to take place on the first floor of the vacant, century-old building at 202 N. Alabama St.
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Councilor takes aim at Browning's Broad Ripple apartment project

October 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
At-large City-County Council member Zach Adamson says that even if the apartments-and-grocery project gets an OK from city development officials on Wednesday, he might force an additional hearing.
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City planning division takes budget hit, cuts five staffers

September 26, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will rely more on public-private partnerships to hammer out long-term goals for neighborhoods, after laying off half its long-range planning staff.
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City-County Council, Ballard still split on budget

September 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved one piece of Mayor Greg Ballard's budget proposal Monday night, but they're no closer to agreement on the whole $1 billion spending plan.
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Fishers plans new development on train-station site

September 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Incentive deals are on the table to keep two high-potential businesses in Fishers, and the town is poised to pull the trigger on redevelopment of the Fishers Train Station property—where one of the firms could occupy third-floor office space.
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City votes to end tax break for tech staffing firm

September 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday to cancel a tax abatement for Indianapolis-based tech staffing firm BCForward, since it didn't hit job-creation targets laid out in a 2009 economic development agreement.
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