The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system has laid off 37 staff members, the final step toward closing an expected $4 million budget shortfall next year.For the rest of the article click here.
Other budget-cutting measures have included slashing hours systemwide by 26 percent -- a change that took effect a month ago -- and reducing the books and materials budget next year by $1 million. Library officials had said they expected to cut 35 to 40 jobs as part of the $37.9 million operating budget for 2011.
During the most recent meeting of the City-County, Council President Ryan Vaughn scoffed at the idea that there is any connection between library cutbacks and the Pacers $33.5 million gift by the Ballard administration and arrogantly suggested people who thought otherwise simply needed to get educated about the subject. Vaughn is the one who needs to get educated.
Vaughn's different pots of money theory (yeah, good luck trying selling that explanation to voters in the midst of a campaign) used to justify the administration's priorities, overlooks the fact that the money ultimately comes from one source - the pocket of taxpayers. Nonetheless, Vaughn conveniently overlooks the secret deal to fund the Pacers with property tax revenue by using the Metropolitan Development Commission to direct $8 million of property taxes to fund the ICVA through the Capital Improvement Board. That freed up CIB non-property tax dollars to fund the Pacers. It's nothing more than a shell game the administration was playing.
The post-election autopsy will reveal the cause of death of the Ballard administration to be "misplaced priorities."