City-County Council shorts pre-K program, but passes budget

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By Michael Henrich

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 14, 2014) -- The City-County Council passed a 2015 budget for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County at its meeting Monday night, but withheld full funding key to Mayor Greg Ballard's early childhood education program.

The $1 billion budget included $1.7 million for the mayor's proposed pre-Kindergarten program, which was short of the $5 million needed to trigger a $2 million gift from the Lilly Foundation and $8 million in other private donations, according to our media partners at the IndyStar.

In other developments, the council approved a $70 million bond to fix the city's ailing streets, including pothole repairs and other infrastructure needs.

"I want to acknowledge the Council for passing my 2015 budget and investing in our future by providing a portion of the funding I requested for street and sidewalk improvements through RebuildIndy 2," Ballard said in a written statement.

"It is my sincere hope the cooperative relationship we developed during these last few months continues as we work to fully fund the Pre-K initiative that is so important to the future of our city."