The City-County Council in Indianapolis has approved a nearly $1.1 billion budget. Council President Maggie Lewis says the spending plan will reduce the deficit by $14 million. Mayor Joe Hogsett calls it "a bold new approach to fiscal responsibility in Indianapolis."
He adds the budget includes funding for 86 new police officers, while not increasing taxes. He says it will also "increase city support for crime prevention programming, and make substantial investments in our neighborhoods. Most importantly, we will do all of this while cutting the budget, reducing the structural deficit and protecting our Rainy Day Fund – without asking for one dime more from Indianapolis taxpayers."
Lewis says the 2017 budget received input and support from both parties. "Throughout the budget process, the Council and Mayor’s Office worked together and received valuable input from the community," she said. "The Council’s goal from the beginning has been to maintain current services while minimizing the impact on taxpayers, and with this budget, we were able to do both."
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