City-County Council OKs Indy Budget

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The City-County Council in Indianapolis has approved the budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The $1.1 billion framework, which Mayor Joe Hogsett says is the first balanced budget in a decade, was passed Monday by a 21-2 vote. It includes funding for 86 new police officers and 40 new firefighters, as well as $120 million for neighborhood infrastructure projects.

In a statement, Hogsett said:

This bipartisan group accomplished what we set out to do at the beginning of this administration: hold the line on spending and erase the structural budget deficit without selling city assets, relying on one-time cash infusions, or raising taxes to make ends meet. Importantly, those who voted for this budget have invested in neighborhood safety.

Council President Maggie Lewis added:

I am especially proud of our ongoing efforts to close the structural deficit while presenting our residents with a balanced budget. Through investments in public safety, offering continuous support for criminal justice reform, providing funding for major infrastructure improvements and creating economic development opportunities, the 2018 budget will create a better city and prepare us for the future. This budget belongs to our taxpayers and we will all benefit from the special attention given to public safety.

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