In 2007 Greg Ballard promised three things: lower taxes, more transparency, and more accessibility. Today, he failed on all three counts.
After being asked by Mayor Ballard to meet on issues regarding the Capital Improvement Board, the Indianapolis/Marion County Democratic City-County Council caucus sought to finally bring the Mayor into the public light by themselves asking Indianapolis’ media to join them at the meeting. Sadly, this effort at transparency, bi-partisanship and finding solutions in a open and accessible manner was thwarted by the Mayor when he kicked the media out of the meeting. Unsurprisingly, the Mayor also reiterated his desire for several tax increases.
“This represents yet another example of Mayor Ballard trying to increase our taxes in the shadows, beyond public scrutiny. Council Democrats sought to bring transparency to the Mayor’s office, and instead the public was yet again shut out,” said Marion County Democratic Party Chairman Ed Treacy.
“Not only does the Mayor want to increase our taxes, but he wants to do so in the dark,” Treacy added.
You got to hand it to Bob Grand and Joe Loftus. They sure have done a heckuva job sealing Ballard's fate as a one-term mayor with their sage advice. At Ballard's last closed door meeting with business leaders and community leaders, Ballard was the only person in the room for that meeting who had supported his election as mayor. Note that both Loftus and his chief of staff, Paul Okeson, resided in Hamilton County in 2007 and couldn't vote for Ballard. Democrats don't exactly have clean hands. Their leader, Joanne Sanders, recently participated in a closed door meeting with Council President Bob Cockrum and Colts owner Jim Irsay to discuss the CIB bailout.