The City-County Council in Indianapolis has approved a 2015 budget. It includes $1.7 million toward an expanded early childhood education proposal championed by Mayor Greg Ballard. The council also approved $340 million over four years for infrastructure improvements. Our partners at WTHR-TV report the budget also includes millions for public safety. Ballard is looking for $5 million for the Pre-K plan.

October 14, 2014

Statement from Mayor Greg Ballard on City-Council Approval of 2015 Budget:

“I want to acknowledge the Council for passing my 2015 budget and investing in our future by providing a portion of the funding I requested for street and sidewalk improvements through RebuildIndy 2. It is my sincere hope the cooperative relationship we developed during these last few months continues as we work to fully fund the Pre-K initiative that is so important to the future of our city.”

Source: The Office of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

October 13, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Tonight, the Indianapolis City/County Council approved the 2015 budget in a bipartisan vote that included input from both parties. The budget addresses critical public safety issues, but holds the line on taxes and protects critical school funding. “I am pleased we came to a bipartisan agreement that serves our entire community,” said Council President Maggie A. Lewis. “A budget that improves public safety and protects taxpayers is a win for all our residents.”

“Throughout the budget process, the Council majority and Mayor's Office worked together,” said Council Vice President John Barth, “From the beginning, the Council's goal has been to support IMPD officers while minimizing the impact on taxpayers. We were able to do both with this budget.”

Source: The Office of City-County Council President Maggie Lewis

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