An Indianapolis City-County Council committee on Tuesday unanimously voted to advance a plan allowing public employees’ wages to rise with inflation, as work continues on the city’s first public pay scale change in more than a decade.
Boone County considering income tax hike to expand jail
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City-County Council votes to ditch mask mandate for vaccinated residents
The Democratic-majority council passed the measure 19-5, along party lines, with Republicans opposed because the order didn’t fully lift all capacity limits for businesses.Read More
City-County Council passes measure to limit delivery fees on restaurants
The measure limits total fees to no more than 20% of a meal’s price. It also prohibits third-party delivery services from attempting to make up lost fees by passing costs on to drivers or customers.Read More
State lawmakers consider new emergency session rules
The House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee on Thursday amended a bill to create what would be called an “emergency session,” which would allow lawmakers to convene at any time during a statewide emergency.Read More
The amount dedicated to building a 296-space, three-story parking garage servicing the city’s new police station and other adjacent users has grown from $8 million to a projected $11.5 million.
Zionsville Mayor Emily Styron filed the lawsuit in March after the town council unanimously denied her request to demote Zionsville Fire Department Chief James VanGorder.
Officials still plan to seek City-County Council approval to lift mask mandates for fully vaccinated people on June 7 and hope to further ease other restrictions if the county can reach a 50% vaccination rate by July 4.
Former Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler, 78, admitted to receiving $5,238 to steer Public Board of Works contracts to an unnamed company.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the county was waiting until June 7 to allow more time for people to be vaccinated and for big events such as the Indy 500, proms and graduations to take place under more restrictive conditions.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said Thursday he plans to take a “common sense approach” to determining when the city will lift its restrictions through continued conversations with the Marion County Department of Public Health.
The funding is part of an overall $1.9 trillion bill that could send as much as $5.87 billion to the state, including roughly $237 million to Indianapolis and another $187 million to Marion County.
The federal government is proposing to downgrade 144 cities in all from the metropolitan statistical area designation, which some areas fear will affect federal funding and their ability to lure businesses and talent.
Some councilors have concerns about what the bonds would be spent on—including public art—while others worry the city’s plans to acquire more properties would harm small businesses.
According to Ambrose, the sale resolves the year-long legal dispute between the developer and the city of Indianapolis that started after the company withdrew from the $1.4 billion Waterside development agreement involving the 103-acre property west of downtown.
The program, which opened in July to help tenants avoid eviction during the pandemic, has provided more than $26 million in federal money to more than 12,000 households.
Cities and states are trying to avoid full-blown lockdowns by enacting almost every other kind of restriction: nighttime curfews, bar closures, stricter mask mandates, and 10-person gathering limits, for example.
Special legislation passed in 2019 that caps Carmel’s income tax revenue growth at 2.5% per year for three years, with any excess transferred to Fishers, was triggered in the first year it could apply.
Of the city-county’s workforce of about 7,000 employees, 724 are eligible for the early-retirement program.
IBJ talked with Caine about her pandemic frustrations, how testing and contact-tracing are going and whether the Indianapolis 500 should run with fans in the stands.
Officials are estimating the corridor improvements will run $47 million over the project’s original $124 million budget.
Marion County’s clerk had implored the Indiana Election Commission to extend the deadline, saying thousands of voters who planned to vote by mail in Tuesday’s election might not be able to do so.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday during his press briefing that cities, towns and counties will be eligible for a certain portion of the $300 million based on population.