Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Kenley Threatens Indy Council Over Use Of CIB Funds
It looks like State Sen. Luke Kenley has accepted one too many free tickets to Indiana Pacers and Colts games. Sen. Kenley is threatening the Indianapolis City-County Council that the City might not get help from the state legislature for a mass transit plan if it forces the CIB to pay a payment-in-lieu of taxes for facilities it operates that are used for the exclusive for-profit benefit of the billionaire sports team owners as a way of helping shore up a budget shortfall the city faces. Even Citizens Energy, the nonprofit utility that operates the city water, sewer and natural gas utilities, pays a PILOT to the City on property that it owns. Apparently Sen. Kenley sees nothing wrong with Mayor Greg Ballard accessing TIF funds to shore up the city's budget or cutting public safety spending, but he threatens retribution if the City-County Council touches dollars that might instead be used to provide multi-million dollar subsidies to the billionaire sports team owners. Kenley, incidentally, sponsored that horrible bailout plan for the CIB, which it turned around and used to fund a $33.5 million subsidy to Herb Simon's Indiana Pacers. That was perfectly fine with Sen. Kenley. Is Sen. Kenley working for Herb Simon or the Indiana taxpayers?