|Mayor Greg Ballard|
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
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|
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.