Democrats seemed skeptical, Republicans somewhat supportive of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s budget that closes a $65 million gap with cuts to public safety, dips into reserves and eliminates a local homestead tax credit for property tax payers.
City Council President Maggie Lewis said she wanted more details but thought the Mayor should have been more transparent. The Democrats also said they were concerned with cuts to public safety and said the Mayor’s office was working with bad numbers saying it was off by about $14 million.
Minority Leader Mike McQuillen said he understands the city is in a tough spot and the Mayor is making the city live within in its means however he says the GOP will demand every ounce of fat be taken out of the budget before asking the taxpayers for more money.
You can both sides below. The Democrats news conference runs about 13 minutes. McQuillen’s comments run about five.