Ballard vetoes two council proposals

Mayor Greg Ballard
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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has vetoed two proposals passed by the City-County Council.

One proposal would have diverted RebuildIndy funds from infrastructure to public safety.

"When the sale of the water utility was being discussed, I made a commitment to the residents of Indianapolis that I would use the revenue generated only for the infrastructure needs in our city," said Mayor Ballard. "I intend to keep that commitment to the people of our city. Using one-time money for an ongoing expense is unsound fiscal policy."

The Democratic-controlled City-County Council has been looking for ways to balance the city's budget. The mayor and the council could be gearing up for a battle over the budget in 2013.

The other proposal concerned redistricting.

"The maps that I signed into law earlier this year are legal, fair and compact. They have greater population and racial equality than those proposed by the Council majority," said Mayor Ballard.

Indianapolis City-County Councillor Maggie A. Lewis issued this statement regarding the redistricting plan: 

"We are obligated by law to execute a redistricting plan. State law requires redistricting within one-year after new Census data has been reported.  The maps that were signed into law January 1, 2012 do not reflect the newly released demographic data provided."

"The redistricting maps we have created correlate directly with the new data and offer a balanced representation of the various constituencies we represent.  I'm not surprised by the Mayor's veto.  The maps we have drawn are balanced, compact, honor natural boundaries, and areas of interest.  This debate will continue."

The ordinances were returned to the clerk of the City-County Council without the mayor's signature.