Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mascari Disputes Ballard's Rebuild Indy 2 Sales Tactics

Mayor Greg Ballard
If you haven't heard, Rebuild Indy 2 is in the works, and Mayor Greg Ballard is now going around to a variety of different areas of the city in support of this program.

The program's aim is worthy.  It is to fix the city's crumbling streets, sidewalks and infrastructure.  I don't think anyone is opposed to that.  Where things get sticky is how the Mayor wishes to pay for the program.  He wants to bond the program out and pay for it over 30 years.  Most Democrats on the City-County Council disagree with this plan of our grandkids and our great grandkids paying for work done today on our roads and streets.

Think about it.  Let's say 30 years ago, in 1984, we bonded out street and road repairs...and, to be fair, some new projects.  That gives you some idea of what we're talking about here.  It would be like building a sports stadium in the early 80's and still be paying for it after it's torn down now...wait a minute...

Mayor Ballard did this once with Rebuild Indy, and that 2011 reelection public works program resurfaced and upgraded roads across Indianapolis.  Now many of those same roads and streets...or more likely those that were ignored in 2011...are riddled with potholes and other issues.

The Mayor got a little help with some state money for his program after a lobbying effort, but that's not going to cover it all.  The Mayor is going to need City-County Council support for the rest of the program.

Councillor Frank Mascari
At the Perry Township Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, City-County Councillor Frank Mascari said that he got wind that Mayor Ballard hinted to some of Mascari's constituents that the councillor was in support of the Rebuild Indy 2 plan.  That is not accurate, so Mascari decided to attend an informational meeting on the plan.

After a few minutes of raising his hand and being ignored, Mascari said he got up and began talking and debating the Mayor on the funding of the program.  Mascari said the Mayor was so frustrated with the back and forth that he walked away.  "I just wanted to make it clear to him that I am not on his side on this issue," said Mascari.

The moral of the story here is, don't take the Mayor's word for it.  If he seems to indicate the home district City-County Councillor is for something, I'd ask that councillor.


Anonymous said...

Like Mitch...our Mayor walks away when confronted. Can't bury your head in the sand and avoid conflict. This is very evident of folks with disorders whom don't get what they want and they walk away and then use outside pressure or ignore the topic. Keep fighting matters true reporters. This City has been in deep trouble and corruption and conflict for over 10 years and it needs to stop. Keep asking questions and standing up for the truth, accountability and transparency...

johnnystir . said...

HERE HERE! Glad we have people like Frank Mascari in government!