FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS CITY-COUNTY COUNCIL: 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW
Action-Based Agenda Shows Results
INDIANAPOLIS – In 2014 the members of the Indianapolis City/County Council will continue to lead based on the priorities of our residents in each and every neighborhood.
“During 2013, Councillors listened closely to our city’s residents, and it is clear they want a city where every neighborhood has the opportunity to thrive and where every citizen is safe,” said Council President Maggie Lewis.
Council priorities and successes in 2013 included:
Results-Oriented, Bipartisan Leadership: Council leadership operates with an inclusive, community-oriented leadership approach that focuses on achieving results for every Indianapolis zip code. Key examples include:
- Budget compromise: Council leadership led the way to develop a bipartisan budget compromise, resulting in 80 new IMPD officers with no new taxes;
- Resolution Against HJR-3: With bipartisan support, the Council passed a resolution opposed to HJR-3. Our city is a welcoming place to live, work and play and our State Constitution should embrace that; and
- Disability Business Enterprise: The Council passed an ordinance that created a Disability Business Enterprise program for the City of Indianapolis. This program ensures that people with disabilities have a pathway to start their own businesses.
Protecting the Public: 2013 saw the highest rate of violent crime in more than a decade, and 2014 is seeing the troubling trend continue. The Council demanded and took quick action, with two key proposals to support our neighborhoods now in place:
- 80 additional IMPD Officers: The Council demonstrated clear and strong support for public safety. Through tough negotiations with the Mayor, we were successful in adding more police – ultimately adding 80 new officers – to the IMPD ranks while staying within our budget.
- IMPD Staffing Commission – Finding a Long-term Solution: In December of 2013, the Council created a bipartisan study commission to determine the appropriate and necessary number of IMPD officers and to review and analyze long-term funding options. The bi-partisan Commission is now meeting and will have recommendations by March 31, 2014.
Strong Neighborhoods: The Council believes supporting our neighborhoods is a priority that will help our city prosper. In 2013, the Council pushed forward several key initiatives:
- Quality of Life: The Council passed a bipartisan proposal to reduce and remove graffiti in Indianapolis neighborhoods. The new ordinance is aimed squarely at giving neighborhoods an important tool to improve the quality of life.
- Community Affairs Committee: As it did in 2013, the Community Affairs Committee continued to hold meetings in the community, including the Library Service Center.
- National Recognition for Complete Streets: In 2013, the National Complete Streets Coalition recognized the Indianapolis “complete street” multimodal transportation ordinance to be the best in the nation.
“There is no question that crime is at the top of the list of community concerns, and in 2013, the City/County Council took action to address the city’s violent crime crisis,” said Council Vice President John Barth. “We will continue our clear, consistent focus on public safety in 2014 because we owe it to the people of this city who have chosen to live, work and raise their families in our neighborhoods.”
“I am proud of all our Councillors – they work hard every day, often on top of full time jobs – to represent their constituents. The results from 2013 speak for themselves,” said President Lewis.