A psychological puzzle. Apparently the members of the City-County Council have enough confidence in themselves, their integrity and their popularity to suggest that they are all worth double their present salary level.
That being the case, one might wonder why they felt the need for "cover" if they approve a tax increase for, according to the media and the chamber of commerce, the greatest thing to happen to the city since the secret moving vans from Baltimore pulled in!
We’re still of the opinion that "cover" will be used in the future when the transit boondoggle falls apart. Then we’ll be told, "Well, you insisted we go forward with it." (And the media is still insisting, "Forward, Ho!!)
Some irony? With the onset of wintry weather we are seeing more about the unfortunate hungry in our city. We hope and pray that they will be taken care of.
How much of the problem could be eased with an annual contribution of $16 million? That’s what the taxpayers give the Pacers' millionaire owners each year. To us it seems a little ironic that these specific funds come from a direct tax on food and beverages. Shouldn’t they be re-directed?
Speaking of world class - and when are we not? - we seem to be getting into that range when a downtown condo sells for just under $5 million. It’s in one of those downtown hotel buildings.
When the building was erected the city tossed in a loan/grant/gift/bribe of several millions of dollars. We admit to an aged memory system, but the amount of $25 million comes to mind.
That memory system contains nothing with reference to any of those dollars having been returned to the city. Probably the best we can hope for is that any tax dollars generated are floating around in the TIF slush fund, providing assistance to some other deserving, but poverty stricken, developer for a parking garage.
Is generosity really a virtue when you’re giving away the other guy’s money?