Council President Bob Cockrum, a Republican, said finding $40 million in cuts over the next two years will be a challenge.
"It's too early to say whether we can find that money without a tax increase," Cockrum said. "Filling a budget hole usually means service cuts or tax increases unless we can find some efficiencies."
Let's get something straight. The people who put Mayor Ballard into office and the Republicans back in control of the council expect them to not only find those $70 million in cuts Mayor Ballard promised us but also expect them to find a way to either roll back that county option income tax increase or direct savings to even more property tax reduction. To hear Cockrum whine about how difficult it's going to be to squeeze out $40 million in savings when the state taxpayers just bailed the City of Indianapolis out by picking up $65 million in annual costs is an outrage to say the very least. If you can't get the job done, we'll find someone else who can. We expect Ballard and the Republican council to live up to the promises they made.