County Government

Feds used wire tap, undercover agent in Land Bank probe

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
A federal public-corruption task force used a wire tap and an undercover FBI agent to unravel a fraud scheme authorities say was orchestrated by two city employees and three co-conspirators.
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Feds charge 5 in Indy Land Bank kickback scheme

May 21, 2013
Cory Schouten
Federal prosecutors have charged two city employees in the Department of Metropolitan Development and three others in a scheme involving cash kickbacks on the sale of properties in the Indy Land Bank.
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Counties worry about cost of sentencing overhaul

May 18, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana counties could be forced to pay some of the costs of a change in the state's criminal code that is designed to keep low-level offenders out of prison while ensuring the worst serve more of their sentences.
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UPDATE: Brizzi lieutenant agrees to guilty plea in bribery case

May 13, 2013
Cory Schouten
David Wyser, the top deputy under former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, was charged with bribery for his role in the early release of a woman convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme.
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Councilors poised to ban criminal-history questionRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Democratic City-County Councilor Vop Osili said he expects to draft a “ban the box” ordinance this spring or summer.
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City struggles to close gap on $30M in budget cuts

April 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis leaders made a pact to cut 5 percent from the already-adopted 2013 budget, but the reality might prove too difficult to stomach.
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Land bank bill likely heading for study committee

March 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said his bill on land banks may have tried to tackle too many issues involving abandoned housing, including Indiana’s tax-sale process.
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Drywall contractor charged with underpaying employees

February 15, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis drywall contractor faces criminal charges that he underpaid his employees working on a government housing project, and then falsified documents to cover it up, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday.
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CIB cuts price on Ober Building after inspections

February 11, 2013
Cory Schouten
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County has agreed to slash its sale price on downtown's Ober Building by $700,000 after inspections showed problems including a leaky roof and damaged HVAC system.
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Three suspects charged in Richmond Hill explosion

December 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Marion County prosecutor says homeowner Monserrate Shirley, her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, and his brother, Bobby Leonard, have been charged with multiple counts of felony murder and arson.
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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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Public safety due for budget cuts, mayor saysRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Public safety and criminal justice are the only places left in the city-county budgets to look for ways to close a $27 million spending gap for 2013. Sheriff, police, fire and court budgets account for 85 percent of the $569 million general fund.
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Johnson County considers more fees for revenue boost

May 31, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana county is looking at a wide range of new or increased fees to make up for what officials say are declines in tax revenue.
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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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Outsider appeal, moderate stance helped Ballard win

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Mayor Greg Ballard maintained an appeal as a political outsider and moderate Republican that drew enough Democratic support to secure him a second term Tuesday, experts said.
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Dems gain 16-13 edge on City-County Council

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Democrats won control of the Indianapolis City-County Council on Tuesday, capturing 16 of 29 seats and taking over the city’s legislative body for the first time since 2007.
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Mayoral election outcome could hinge on turnout

November 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The fate of mayoral and City-County Council candidates in Tuesday’s election is likely to come down to turnout in a few key districts, including Center Township and southern Marion County.
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Johnson County eyes fee increases to offset cuts

October 15, 2011
Associated Press
Residents of a central Indiana county could pay more to own dogs or have work done at their homes and could buy a beer at county-owned property under proposals designed to bolster coffers.
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Marion County could get windfall from property tax saleRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The sale of tax-delinquent properties brought in $13 million above the city’s expenses.
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Small claims court could move from City-County Building

September 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Citing budget cuts and a rent increase, Center Township Trustee Eugene Akers wants to move the small claims court into the Julia Carson Government Center, against the judge's wishes.
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Sheriff's department concerned about budget crunch

August 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Officials from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department say they are concerned that a $10 million gap in this year’s budget will hurt their ability to pay critical bills.
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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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Brizzi filed for OmniSource forfeiture

January 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi blasted metal-recycling giant OmniSource in a court filing in his last week in office, asking a judge to force the company to forfeit all five of its Indianapolis scrap yards and a foundry facility in Hendricks County.
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City-County Council approves 2011 budget

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The CIB's $73.1 million budget, which included a $10 million payment to the Pacers for the operation of Conseco Fieldhouse, passed by a 15-14 vote.
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