The Indianapolis City-County Council held its last full meeting of 2021 Monday night.
The council approved the transfer of $20 million in COVID-19 emergency response funds. And nearly $400,000 in additional funding was approved for the coroner’s office because of the increased number of death investigations.
A final vote approving bonds to fund public transportation projects, including those for IndyGo, passed the council along party lines. Republican councillors, including Michael-Paul Hart, voted against the measure.
“I don’t believe it’s a wise investment for our city, especially when they said they’re going to come back next year and ask for an additional $60 million,” said Hart.
Another proposal approved will create a new plan and funding structure to support affordable housing options in Martindale-Brightwood. The historically Black community is undergoing change, which can often lead to gentrification. The proposal includes a Housing Tax Increment Finance district to provide affordable housing opportunities.
City-County Council President Vop Osili made final comments.
“No matter the challenges 2021 placed in our path, as we spend time with our own families over the next few weeks I know that each of us will be praying for the peace and health of our entire Indianapolis family,” said Osili.