Friday, November 18, 2011
Ballard Less Than Truthful About Layoffs...Furloughs 27 Civilian IMPD Employees
Times are tough when it comes to the budget in Indianapolis. We all know that. That's why many people chuckled when Mayor Ballard said he had yet again honestly balanced the Indianapolis budget. Just last month, he promised no layoffs with his balanced budget. Turns out...it was probably a lie. Just a week and two days after the election, Mayor Ballard has announced the layoff of 27 IMPD civilian employees. Well, he just didn't fund their jobs in the budget. I guess that was buried in the details.
Public safety is job one? Hard to believe for the Mayor that has found millions of dollars for road and street improvements and professional sports teams, but he cannot fund the jobs of 27 civilian employees of the city's police department notifying them just before the holiday season. Remember, Ballard campaigned against Melina Kennedy by citing proposed police layoffs that never happened while she was deputy mayor.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Ballard said that 200 city employees would lose their jobs by attrition. This doesn't sound like attrition to me. Sounds like a big fat whopper from a man that waited a week after he was reelected to announce something he could have brought forth before the election.
I feel sorry for the 27 people that have lost their jobs, and I'm sorry your Mayor wasn't more honest with you before now. Now, these individuals will be forced to endure a holiday season knowing that their jobs are done at the start of the year.