The opinion of the morning paper’s editorial board is presented to us today. It concerns the perennial problem of the city’s underfunded public safety program. With artwork, it uses a full page of the paper, less one column.
The problem is a cash shortage, as stated in this paragraph taken from the middle of the editorial.
"The inadequate financial support for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department can be traced in recent years to stagnant income tax revenues and property tax caps as well as high rates of crime that put tremendous stress on the personnel and the system."
In other words, the apathetic, miserly taxpayer is making an "inadequate" contribution toward his/her own safety.
The editorial does not mention the annual gift of $16,000,000 tax dollars to the local professional basketball team owners, in addition to an impossibly generous original contract.
The editorial does not mention the almost criminally ridiculous contract with the local professional football team for its multi-million dollar palace, including operational and maintenance costs to be paid from tax dollars by the city.
The editorial does not mention the public tax dollars which financed a $6,000,000 cricket pitch.
The editorial does not mention the hundreds of millions of tax dollars in loans, grants, tax abatements - incentives? - so magnanimously handed out to real estate developers.
And, perhaps worst of all, the editorial does not mention the unethical manipulation of the mayor’s slush fund - otherwise known as TIF money - which is made up of property tax dollars diverted from normally expected municipal revenues each and every year.
A question for that editorial board. Is there not a single dictionary in your offices containing the word "priority?"