It was a baffling statement, contradicted by two plus years during which the Ballard administration has repeatedly proposed raising taxes and fees.
Fortunately a Star reader picked up on the gross misstatement in a letter to the editor this morning:
The statement in the editorial "Recycling beats trash talking," March 27, that Mayor Greg Ballard has held the line on tax increases simply doesn't hold water. Ballard was elected on widespread anti-tax sentiment, vowing to repeal the bipartisan-supported income tax hike enacted to fund 200 additional police officers, and promising no new taxes during his administration.To see rest of letter click here.
It looked good in the paper. But more than two years into Ballard's term, Indianapolis residents are still waiting. Instead of a full repeal of the income tax, Ballard delivered a fraction of his promise. Instead of no new taxes, Ballard has solicited 30 tax increases: one sewer rate hike, two water rate hikes and 27 user-fee hikes ("Indianapolis wants to boost user fees," Dec. 23, 2009). And instead of "holding the line" on city spending, each of Ballard's budgets have increased the property tax burden on residents.