Carmel’s City Council meets, tonight. Members are scheduled to vote on Mayor Brainard’s $77.5 million budget plan. Over the weekend, I’ve exchanged some e-mail with one budget critic on the council, John Accetturo.
Council members such as Accetturo say, for example, they don’t like the mayor’s use of Rainy Day funds to make this budget work. As Accetturo wrote, Brainard “needs to make cuts.”
The council also plans to review the rules about who can sit on the Carmel Redevelopment Commission. Accetturo told me of the proposed ordinance restricting membership on the CRC. Council members “and others who own property in a TIF [Tax Increment Financing] area” would not be allowed to sit on the CRC. Accetturo said he resigned from the CRC because of what he saw “as conflicts with my councilman job.”
In a new message this morning, Accetturo said he saw something he didn’t like in an Indianapolis Star article this morning. The article notes Mayor Brainard uses the word “vendetta” to describe the opposition. ”As an Italian American,” Accetturo said, “I am upset at the Mayor’s use of the word vendetta which is a word that is stereo-typed against Italians.”
This has the makings of a difficult night in the council chamber.