|Mayor Greg Ballard|
Greg Ballard has no cover anymore. The Mayor of Indianapolis (and the then Republican-led City-County Council) has been exposed for the poor leadership he has shown in being up front about this city's resources the last few years.
To be fair, he would have had to be a fiscal ninja to lead the city fiscally through this mess given the property tax caps he has had to deal with, but, with no oversight, it's now all hitting the fan. The ninja has no clothes.
After years of suspicion that Indianapolis could not be in good fiscal shape, Mayor Greg Ballard's own administration seems to be confirming that the city is in trouble and really in trouble in the area of public safety.
Let's be fair. Melina Kennedy would have found herself almost exactly in this position had she won the election in 2011. The question is, how quickly would we have known and would it have been more quickly than Mayor Ballard's folks have told us? Probably.
It's all behind us now. That's enough politics. We need to get past the past and face the problem that is now in front of us. Indy is in crisis, and it's not going to be pleasant to get out of it. This is Mayor Ballard's problem as much as it is the Council's now. How we got here is not really issue as much as how it will get fixed.
However deep the deficit is in whatever areas, the biggest needs should be identified and taken off the list. After that, the belt gets very tight. There can be no more tricks or bandages. No more raiding TIFs or moving money around. There can be no more lack of oversight or accountability. Indianapolis needs solutions from Mayor Ballard. It needs leadership from its Council, and it probably needs patience from the rest of us.
It's official. The Super Bowl honeymoon is over, Mr. Mayor. Now, you must truly show your leadership at work.