INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A committee of the City-County Council did something that will make Mayor Ballard happy Tuesday night. It approved the proposal to expand the police service district in Indianapolis.
In 2007, police started serving the entire county when the old Indianapolis Police Department merged with the Marion County Sheriff's Office. But, even with the wider responsibility, taxation for police service remained the same, coming only from the old city limits.
Mayor Ballard’s office wants the police district expanded as part of his budget proposal for the coming year.
In August, when the Mayor’s office released the plan it said adjusting the police district “would generate over $1 million in on-going revenue to IMPD per year and again not impact the tax of a homeowner whose taxes are capped at 1percent.”
He also made elimination of the local homestead tax credit a key element of his budget package.
The Administration and Finance Committee gave him one but not the other.
With the Tuesday night vote, the committee encourages the full council to approve expansion of the police district.
Committee Chair Angela Mansfield, a Democrat, said her colleagues are still reviewing “every possible option to avoid eliminating the homestead tax credit.”
But, she said she supports the expanded police district because it “is a simple matter of fairness and I am pleased to find some common ground with the Mayor on this issue."
Councillor Pam Hickman asked how this change would affect schools. The council’s Chief Financial Officer, Hope Tribble, said it would mean an increase of $3.3 million for Indianapolis Public Schools. The surrounding districts would see a cumulative reduction of $4.1 million.
Tuesday night, CFO Tribble said the tax rate “will decline, will go down, for the people who are currently in the district. And, they will increase for those who live outside the current district.”
Saturday morning, Wishard Memorial Hospital will close its doors.
Snow that moved through Central Indiana this week has wrapped up, leaving some areas with more than 10 inches of snow.
Free bags of salt will be available to the public Saturday after snow moved through Central Indiana this week.