Of course this makes complete sense.d) Require Council approval for any transfer from a TIF account that exceeds $1 million, unless it is a bond payment.
Had this recommendation been in place, the $8 million that goes annually to the Pacers from the excess funds in the consolidated downtown TIF would have gone to the Council for a vote. Likely, the Council R's would have been strong armed by Ryan Vaughn to rubber stamp the Mayor's decision, but at least they would have been on the record.
In 2011 alone, along with the Pacers' payment, the Council would also have had to vote on:
$9 million to the Georgia Street projectIn 2012 they would have had to vote on some, if not all, of the $40 million being taken from the TIF to balance this year's budget, under the guise of repaying the City for downtown infrastructure improvements.
$3.5 million to the Bush Stadium project
$4.6 million to Angie's List
$3.5 million to City Market project
This kind of oversight is prudent, increases transparency, and gives the public a better chance for evaluating and commenting on the expenditure. Without it, the excess funds serve merely as a slush fund for a sitting Mayor who is more interested in handing out public funds for private projects than retiring debt and the TIF paying off that debt.