December 7, 2021

Council approves transfer of $20M in COVID-19 emergency response funds in final full meeting of 2021

FILE: Jill Sheridan

FILE: Jill Sheridan

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.

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