(INDIANAPOLIS) - Just a day after a city/county council committee approved an income tax hike for public safety, the mayor is demanding budget cuts.
Mayor Bart Peterson unveiled a plan Saturday to cut $13 million from the proposed city and county budgets, both of which will be proposed in a few weeks.
Along with that, Peterson ordered a hiring freeze to all non public safety departments. Peterson is asking for department heads to shore up their budgets and make the necessary cuts, particularly those that are funded directly by property taxes.
Following outrageous bills, irate homeowners have been screaming for some level of relief for weeks. Deputy Mayor Steve Campbell says, while the city and county are running lean, the new cuts "will bring us right down to the bone." Campbell says there will be no layoffs or pay cuts.
Campbell also says the majority of the cuts and tax increases would never have happened in the first place, had the state legislature passed "Indianapolis Works" and allowed for the consolidation of township fire departments and the elimination of township assessors and other positions.
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