Marion County‘s Democratic officeholders are urging Governor Pence to veto a bill expanding the powers of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Most of the attention has focused on the elimination of four Democratic-held at-large seats on the City-County Council.
But the bill makes five other changes which either strengthen the mayor or limit the council. Prosecutor Terry Curry says there‘s not a single provision in the bill Democrats can accept.
“I find it ironic that Republicans, who generally bristle at any suggestion of federal intrusion in state affairs, feel that it’s appropriate, at the state level, to micromanage government in Marion County,” Curry says.
Curry‘s particularly incensed about a provision requiring the city controller to review county office holders‘ budgets twice a year, and authorizing him to withhold money if necessary to keep the budget balanced.
Pence has said he has concerns about the bill and will study whether to sign or veto it, but the budget oversight provision is one he has specifically praised.
Democrats hold every countywide office in Marion County except the mayor‘s office.