First comes the news that Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard's new Ford Fusion has been damaged. Brainard says he'll pay out of pocket for the repairs. So kind, Jim. After all, on his behalf, the City of Carmel is paying $600 a month for that Fusion in a lease agreement. To put this in perspective, I drive a Chevy Malibu, and I pay much less than $600 a month. The Indy Star has all the details in this report. Writers Vic Rykart and Chris Sikich report that Brainard could have negotiated a purchase straight up and saved the city $4,000.
Second is the matter of Fishers and what that city is paying Jennifer Messer, the wife of Congressman Luke Messer. After an investigation into the records, Bryan Slodysko of the Associated Press found that Messer gets a check for $20K per month from the City of Fishers and does about 26 hours of legal work a week for that cash from Washington. That's a $240,000 job.
Now, let me caveat this by saying in both cases that Mayor Brainard and Jenniifer Messer have every right to negotiate whatever deals they can get out of the cities they serve. It just seems like these two Hamilton County municipalities must have stacks of cash laying around if they can simply give it away like this.
With Indy still struggling to fill its budget hole, maybe the Circle City can ask these two Hamilton County cities for a loan.