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maggie amos 7It wasn’t quite like a City-County Council Meeting, but Council President Maggie Lewis, filling in on Afternoons with Amos brought together experts to talk about two major critical community issues. The critical role police and IMPD plays in the community and how to add more police officers on our streets and pay for them.  The other issue is Mayor Greg Ballard’s proposal to increase the amount of quality preschool opportunities in the city. maggie amos 1The Mayor’s proposed elimination of the local homestead property tax credit to pay for it, which has created strong opposition.  Discussing these issues with Guest Host Lewis were: City-County Council Vice-President John Barth, Democratic Councilor Pam Hickman and Republican Councilor Marilyn Pfisterer. Also Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, Fraternal Order of Police Vice-President Rick Snyder. Plus Deputy Mayor for Educator Jason Kloth, Light of the World Church Senior Pastor Dr. David Hampton and City-County Council Fiscal Analyst Bart Brown. maggie amos 3Listeners were engaged in the discussion about the level of police protection and public safety Indianapolis wants and needs and how best to pay for it. Along with a discussion of the importance of preschool education, but especially for at risk four year olds, but again how to fairly pay for it. Click the Media Player to Hear an Informative Civic Discussion with Council President Lewis and her Guests on Afternoons with Amos. ©2014 WTLC/Radio One. – Part 1 Runs 49 Minutes.   Part 2 Runs 49 Minutes.