Mayor Ballard Q&A: Worried about business tax cuts, neighborhoods
Feb 5, 2014 Indianapolis Star

By John Murray

When Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard looks down Market Street toward the Indiana Statehouse, he worries about legislators’ ability to help or hurt the city’s budget.

The House and Senate, at Gov. Mike Pence’s suggestion, have passed differing versions of bills that would reduce a tax on business equipment — a type of property tax that makes up a good chunk of operating revenue for most local governments, including Indianapolis.

Like many mayors, Ballard is worried, he says, because neither plan so far has included a way to replace the lost income for local governments.

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