“Oh really? Are we there still?”
Those are the first words out of Mayor Greg Ballard’s mouth when posed with a question from a citizen as to why the city can afford a cricket field but not pay for raises for police officers and firefighters. From the tone of his response, it’s clear he doesn’t like being questioned about his field of dreams on the eastside.
When pressed further by The Indianapolis Star, that it does raise a question of his priorities, here’s what he says:
“No, it’s not a valid (question). Do you want me to shut down the park system? I mean, that’s kind of what they’re saying here, right? “We don’t want parks. Everything has to go to this other thing.” Of course we want parks, and we will continue to develop parks. But when we have one-time money from this (RebuildIndy) fund, we have to use it for capital projects.”
It’s a clumsy attempt to shift the paradigm. It’s not working. Greg Ballard has closed public pools and many of our parks are poorly maintained and quite neglected. And while he tries to shift attention away from his failures, people are dying in the streets of Indy. We need cops, not cricket, and people across Indianapolis are shaking their heads at the extent Greg Ballard will go to protect his pet project.
I’ll let you read the interview for yourself, but it’s clear that Greg Ballard has lost touch with the people of Indianapolis. He certainly doesn’t like to answer their questions, particularly about his extensive and costly overseas junkets. His response to why doesn’t he stay home and focus on the problems here?
“Oh, you mean the over half a billion dollars of RebuildIndy money that we’ve put into the city of Indianapolis? Or the murder rate being below 100 for the last three years? The crime rate being down again this year? I mean, all the building, all the economic development that’s been going on in the city — it’s been very strong.”
Half a billion dollars? Then why is he now back asking for huge tax increases in this year’s budget? Greg Ballard is misspending our money with his backward priorities. He also can’t even be bothered with a question from a citizen about the possibility for restroom facilities for runners and bikers by IUPUI and the river walk. His response?
“I’ve never heard that, so I don’t know about that situation.”
Out of touch. Misplaced priorities. Rude and dismissive to the taxpayers who pay his salary.
I’ve had enough. Have you?