Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dems Release Fix Our Neighborhoods Now Plan

Will the Mayor Come to the Bargaining Table?
The Democrats released their version of an infrastructure plan to fix Indy's roads and streets as an answer to Mayor Greg Ballard's $300 million Rebuild Indy 2 plan.

The announcement came from a group of Democratic City-County Councillors at the World Sports Park on Indy's Eastside.

There are similarities and differences in both plans.  The biggest difference is the amount borrowed.  The Mayor's plan borrows much more than the Democrats plan.  Democrats also say there's some $60 million in cost savings in their version of the $340 million plan.  They also take $45 million from the downtown TIF district to make the D plan work.  According to the Indianapolis Star, there already seems to be a sticking point on that TIF money.

Marc Lotter, the Mayor's spokesperson, says that the TIF money is for downtown redevelopment.  Problem is that Mayor Ballard has used the TIF money as a fund to help balance the city's budget in the past by siphoning money from it.

It's hard for the Mayor and his backers to say the Democrats don't have a plan.  They clearly do, and it's a good solid plan.  Now, the question is which plan gets adopted.  I believe that both sides should sit down and hammer out a plan for the better of the city.  We know that it will just get stuck in politics otherwise.

Mr. Mayor, the ball is in your court now.

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