Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard today struck $32 million of the budget passed by the City-County Council, impacting every Marion County office.
Ballard’s Chief of Staff Ryan Vaughn says the cuts will come from the county option income taxes that are dedicated to the County Office such as Sheriff, Clerk, Auditor and Surveyor. The cuts won’t go into effect until January 1. They say the cuts are necessary because Democrats passed a budget that was not only unbalanced, but left the city with a large structural deficit for next budget year and the two sides could not reach an agreement this week.
The Council can override the Mayor’s veto, but it would take 20 votes and the Council is divided 16-13. In addition a budget must be passed by November 1.