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Ballard's announcement is scheduled ahead of a vote at tonight's council meeting to override the mayor's veto of a council-passed plan to use $6 million from Rebuild Indy funds to pay for a new class of police recruits. Ballard said relying on one-time funding sources was not the proper way to fund the police department, although that's precisely what he did to fund about 50 police officer positions using a federal COPS grant. That's the only way Ballard was ever able to increase police staffing levels. The 100 new cops promised after passage of the 2007 tax increase never happened.
Over the next two months, you can bet there will be a big push for tax hikes to pay for public safety. Don't be fooled. The only reason there is a lack of funding to pay for public safety is because this administration deliberately diverted money intended for public safety to other uses. If more money is needed for public safety, then this administration's practice of handing out hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to businesses that are stuffing money in his campaign coffers needs to be ended. Perhaps federal indictments are the only way the extent of these corrupt practices are going to be revealed since the media in this town is not the least bit concerned about the unseemly practices of this administration.