The Indianapolis City-County Council unanimously Monday night passed a $1.29 billion spending plan.
The budget includes more than $261 million for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, however, some members of the public have spoken out against the increase in funding for IMPD, asking instead for investment in social services.
In a statement released after the budget was passed, Indy Mayor Joe Hogsett said the following…
“This balanced budget prepares for an uncertain financial future while continuing to make investments that will keep our roads paved, our neighborhoods safe, and our community moving forward. Importantly, this budget also focuses on investments in neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 and builds upon existing programming aimed at addressing food access, homelessness, and mental health challenges. Tonight’s unanimous vote is testament to the shared commitment of Indianapolis leaders toward addressing the needs of our community through sound fiscal policy and meaningful neighborhood investment.”
The 2021 budget will fund $158 million in road, bridge, and sidewalk infrastructure projects, invest more than $4 million in violence reduction initiatives and help ensure more Marion County residents have the skills and credentials needed for good-paying jobs. Further, the 2021 budget will focus investments in neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 and build upon existing programming aimed at addressing food access, homelessness, and mental health challenges.
In addition to the budget, the Council also passed a proposal that would increase citizen participation on the general orders board of IMPD. It gave the Mayor and Council the ability to appoint four civilians to the panel. Currently, there are three, appointed by the Chief and the head of the Fraternal Order of the Police.
The proposal was amended to prohibit anyone with a felony or serious misdemeanor from serving on the board.