Indianapolis Needs a Budget That Keeps Hoosiers Safe
We are Indianapolis workers, public servants, faith and community leaders and we are writing to urge Mayor Ballard to fund the services that keep Hoosiers safe. Last Friday, the mayor used political maneuvering to slash public safety funding at the eleventh hour after the City County Council reached an agreement on the budget with bipartisan support. This stunt might win the mayor points with his donors, but it doesn’t keep our community safe or help our city move forward.
As the crime rate in our city continues to increase, Mayor Ballard is trying to force our community to accept funding cuts for essential public safety services. The mayor is cutting funding that helps pay to process or defend those accused of crimes, process crime scenes, investigate deaths, operate the courts, run the jails, and provide other public services. We believe that the mayor’s unprecedented action to cut these funds is wrong and are troubled by City County Council leadership’s allegation that his action was illegal.
As citizens of Indianapolis and leaders in our community, we urge Mayor Ballard to reconsider his decision before our city suffers the consequences. Safety should be a priority for our city government. We can’t afford to gamble with our security or the services our community depend on.
Community, Faith & Labor Coalition
Indianapolis Affiliate, Interfaith Worker Justice