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ï Last year, Mayor Peterson announced a new cultural initiative. The Lilly Endowment and Capital Improvements Board combined to provide $10 million over five years to support cultural tourism. Does that seem like a lot of money? Not since the mayor has said he doesn"t think providing the Colts with $10 million a year in order to keep the team here until 2007 is too much to ask. The $10 million figure would kick in in 2004. Next year, the CIB will provide the team with $12.5 million. Indianapolis has paid the Colts $37 million since 2000. It makes payments on a $22 million loan for the team and coughed up another $20 million in stadium improvements, ie., corporate suites. But wait: A spokesperson for the Colts has said $10 million a year may not be enough Ö If artists earned what football players do, think of how big this city"s arts budget would be. ï A lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has been filed by June L. Kochert in Floyd Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Kochert, who lives in Southern Indiana, was molested by a priest, the Rev. John B. Schoettelkotte, in the 1960s. Kochert claims the abuse started when she was 15 and continued for about three years. A six member lay board will also investigate Schoettelkotte. The Archdiocese placed Schoettelkotte on administrative leave in June. Since 1999, he has been serving as pastor at Holy Cross, St. Croix and St. Isidore the Farmer in Perry County.
ï According to "Giving USA 2002," 75.8 percent of all charitable giving was made by individuals in 2001. This giving increased by 1.1 percent. But corporate giving fell 12.1 percent, reflecting the number of businesses that have closed or moved. The ailing economy was cited as one reason the United Way of Central Indiana fell $800,000 short of its 2001 goal.
ï If you pay $1,500 in property taxes every year, about $48 of that total goes to support the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system, considered one of the top public systems in the nation. This is about $7 more than you paid last year. That extra $7 is helping to underwrite bonds for the library"s $104 million expansion.