IndyRoads Revenue Bonds Voted Down
by Indianapolis City-County Council Public Works Committee
Mayor Ballard's Office had proposed borrowing $135 million through the issuance of a municipal bond, which would allow the City to get matching funds from the state and the federal government in the amount of $200 million. This combined amount of about $335 million would allow the city to repair deteriorating infrastructure, such as streets and curbs. Some of these funds would also have allowed for the construction of some sidewalks in areas near area schools, libraries and retail areas.
This proposal went to the City County Councils' Public Works Committee on August 29, 2013. Well over a dozen citizens were on hand to state their support of this proposal, with nobody from the public speaking in opposition. The City-County Council unanimously passed the Complete Streets ordinance last year, with Indianapolis getting recognized for having the best Complete Streets policy in the country. The bonds would have allowed implementation of the Complete Streets policy by providing funding for additional improvements to roadways, including street and road projects, sidewalks, bikeways and greenways. When the vote occurred, two Public Works committee members voted for it (Ginny Cain and Janice McHenry) and the rest voted against the measure and to table it.
If you would like to express your support for continued development of bike-friendly and pedestrian friendly roads and neighborhoods, please contact the Public Works Committee and your own council representative (PDF List).
Public Works Committee members: Vernon Brown (D), Chair, Zach Adamson (D), Ginny Cain (R), Monroe Gray (D), Pamela Hickman (D), Janice McHenry (R), William Oliver (D), Jack Sandlin (R)
Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director
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