The City-County Council’s Public Works Committee tonight held back $8 million in RebuildIndy money from next year’s budget to reserve as potential funding for more police recruits.
The panel amended and approved the Department of Public Works budget 5-2, with Republicans dissenting. Public Works Director Lori Miser said holding back that sum next year would reduce roadwork and other project spending from $50 million to $42 million.
Democrats left their intentions vague during the meeting. Afterward, Chairman Vernon Brown, a Democrat, told The Indianapolis Star that he soon may file a proposal to authorize spending from the RebuildIndy fund on police officers.I am not a fan of diverting RebuildIndy money to public safety. Those funds should go to infrastructure improvement, long-term infrastructure improvements (not paving roads) as the money is being paid off by the public via a 30 year loan. But Republican councilors lose their right to claim the Democrats are being irresponsible with RebuildIndy money when they tacitly support spending $6 million of RebuildIndy money on cricket fields and advocate mortgaging the future utterly asinine idea of borrowing $150 million over 30 years, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, to spend in the next three years on infrastructure improvements, many of which improvements will only last a few years.