With a low unemployment rate in Hamilton County—2.5% last month—some employers see the inmates as an untapped workforce and are more than willing to give them a chance, helping inmates overcome one of the biggest hurdles they immediately face upon release
911 tax hike means Hamilton County has cash to spend
An income tax hike going into effect next year will generate millions of dollars more than needed—a windfall government officials are eyeing to help pay for other public safety initiatives.Read More
The city of Indianapolis is about to get a boost in road funding from the state—at the expense of other cities and towns—after a discrepancy was found in how the formulas for certain taxes had been applied for years.
The mayor’s office says the strategy is a way to meet the city’s growing infrastructure needs—which amount to $160 million per year—without raising taxes. But the proposal would create winners and losers among area counties, even as it addresses what’s considered a regional problem.
The county has switched to the “vote center” system, giving residents a choice of 277 polling places. Voters also will see the rollout of new technology, including electronic poll books and touch-screen ballots.
Mount Comfort Road in Hancock County could see an additional half billion dollars in economic impact by 2030 if community leaders capitalize on a plan to develop the busy corridor.
Marion County voters will be able to cast their vote at any polling place in the county starting next year as Indianapolis becomes what is known as a “vote center” county.
For at least a year, county officials have debated how best to pay for the county’s 911 communications operation going forward.
A preliminary audit of the sheriff’s office budget and operations, being conducted for the city by consulting firm KPMG, follows a dispute last year over the agency’s budget.
Investigators say Jacqueline Fitzgerald and Monica Durrett claimed inappropriate benefit payouts and carried insurance on ineligible dependents. Fitzgerald also allegedly received unauthorized bonuses and incentive pay.
Schneider Geospatial, a GIS specialty firm, does work with one county in every five across the U.S.
Ensuring the $572 million criminal justice center connects with the surrounding neighborhood and doesn’t sit isolated presents a big challenge for project planners and community leaders.
County officials are weighing whether to get moving on the $4 million final phase so it could be finished at the same time as the first.
The projects are coming up now because the city has six months left to take advantage of more than $30 million in a federal loan guarantee program that it was awarded in 2012 by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.
Zach Adamson has proposed an ordinance that “requires the administration and operation of the county jail facilities be non-privatized.”
Hogsett called the condition of local roads “deplorable” and vowed to “return our streets to safe, passable condition.” Since Jan. 1., the city has received more than 12,000 repair requests for potholes.
Eight council Democrats and a clerk that Clay fired sought from Judge Thomas Carroll a temporary restraining order, alleging that council president Stephen Clay’s move to fire two key staff members was illegal and in retaliation for moves that could put his presidency in jeopardy.
Is the Marion County Democratic Party broken?
Republican Minority Leader Mike McQuillen said the decision by the council’s president, Stephen Clay, showed “we’ve basically seen the Democratic caucus fall apart in some regards.”
Five Democrats joined nine Republicans on the council to propel Stephen Clay over the finish line for the body’s top leadership post.