If anyone wonders why I and other Republicans are disgusted with Mayor Greg Ballard's performance in office, one need only look at the tax increases he pushed in 2009.
- 1% increase in Marion County hotel tax (Passed) (Note the tax increase resulted in Indianapolis having the highest combined hotel/sales tax in the country)
- 2% increase in Marion County car rental tax (Passed)
- 4% increase in ticket taxes on all events at facilities the Capital Improvement Board operates, including Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse (Passed)
- 1/2% increase in local Food & Beverage Tax (Rejected by legislature)
- 100% increase in Alcohol Tax (Rejected by legislature
Business taxes currently pending before the Indianapolis City-County Council.
- Taxicabs: $100 to $471.
- Taxicab drivers: $20 to $283.
- Sidewalk cafes: $169 to $591
- Pet shops and kennels: $25 to $559
- Trash haulers: $20 to $479
- Hotels: $20 to $603
- Pay telephones: $52 to $114
- Transient merchants: $20 to $213
- Massage parlors: $250 to $559
- Massage therapists, escorts and nude models: $25 to $92
- Installation of new water heater in home or business: $25 to $153 (if venting or fuel type is changed)
- Scrap dealers: $200 to $823
- Vendor cart renewals: $100 to $273
- Block parties or other special events with a street closing: $25 to $113-$683 (higher fee for events with multiple street closures, food, entertainment and security.)
- Horse-drawn carriages: $20 to $77
- General construction inspections: $40-$50 to $107
- Zoning variance to change permitted use of homes: $200 to $579
- Zoning variance of use for a business: $900 to $1,999
- Pay parking garages: $20 to $475.
Believe it or not, that's only a partial list for 2009. But, hey, I doubt the Democrats noticed, right?