City-county councilors to hear new plan to pay for pothole repairs

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 1, 2014) – The long winter took a toll on pavement across Marion County and the Indianapolis Department of Public works is asking for more money from the city to fix potholes.

Thursday evening, city-county councilors will look at a new proposal to put more money into road repairs. Council Democrats tabled a proposal earlier this year to send $8 million into the department, saying the plan didn’t evenly distribute the funds.

According to Councilman Vernon Brown (D-District 18), the Public Works Committee and DPW have come up with a new, more evenly allocated proposal to put $8.3 million into street repairs. The money would come from the city’s so-called “rainy day fund.”

Representatives from DPW have also asked for more money to fill the hole in the budget left behind by excessive snow removal this winter. That $7 million could come from the city’s transportation general fund.