Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has supported numerous tax increases during his seven years in office. This list no doubt omits some of them.
|Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard|
--Ballard supported a 10% increase (from 9% to 10%) at the legislature
--Ballard supported a 50% increase in local car rental tax from 4% to 6%.
--Ballard pushed for a 67% increase in the admission's tax from 6% to 10%.
Alcohol Tax (tax on beer wine and liquor purchased in Marion County)
--Ballard supported a 13% increase in the local food and beverage tax (2% to 2.25%) to bail out CIB.
--Ballard supported moving the sunset on the tax from 2011 to 2019.
Vehicle Excise Tax
--Ballard opposed a cut in the tax proposed by Governor Pence.
--Ballard pushed through a 43% increase (.35 to .50)
--Ballard is again trying to increase property taxes by eliminating the local homestead tax credit.
--Ballard wants out of county residents working in Marion County subject to a new wheel tax.
Mayor Ballard has also supported directly and indirectly scores of fee and rate increases on Indianapolis residents and local businesses.
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.
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.
Sewer bill increases (increased for consumers in conjunction with sale of utilities to Citizen's Energy)
Water bill increases (increased for consumers conjunction with sale of utilities to Citizen's Energy)