INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 19, 2015)- Monday night, city-county council members will vote to override Mayor Greg Ballard's veto of the Public Safety Income Tax. The City-County Council passed the bill in a 24-4 vote on March 30.
Twenty votes are needed to override the veto, 15 from Democrats and five from Republicans. Democrats are confident they will get the votes they need. FOX59 has confirmed two Republicans will vote yes to override the veto, one is still undecided, others could not be reached over the weekend for comment.
Mayor Ballard has said he vetoed the proposal because the $4.7 million dollars was to be used to pay back a loan from IMPD. Republican Jeff Miller says although he understands the mayor's reasoning for the veto, he will vote to override it.
"This may be the only year where we have extra funds for capital improvements for the public safety tax," Miller said. He added, "somebody who’s willing to take a bullet for me, I gotta look out for them. That’s the bottom line.”
Miller said this is a first for the city-county council.
“This would be the first time I’ve ever seen a vote that there had been serious discussion about overriding," said Miller.
Democrat John Barth said he will also vote to override the veto.
“The intent of Proposal 47 was to ensure officers had the equipment they needed and the training they needed to do their job," Barth said.
He added it will not be easy to do and is not confident, but hopeful, they'll get enough votes.
"It’s always a very challenging thing to override a veto, because folks in the same party tend to line up behind their mayor and so whether Republicans will choose to override the veto or not remains to be seen," Barth said.