The current issue (2/9/09) of the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) discusses in great detail the financial fiasco resulting in great part from the secretive, arrogant operations of the Capital Improvement Board (CIB) for many years.
While a majority of the members of the CIB are appointed by you, we recognize that you inherited this very serious problem.
But, Mr. Mayor, in one of the articles the following statement appears; "In private discussions Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's administration has proposed hikes to the CIB's existing mix of hospitality taxes, or, alternately, permanently shifting sales or income taxes away from other government agencies." (Private discussions, Mayor? Continuing secrecy, Mayor?)
Is this accurate information? If so, which local agencies receive sales and income taxes specifically? And from which agencies would you propose "permanently shifting" revenues? Surely not public safety. Can we let sewer renovation lapse for another 50 years? Maybe we can furnish some sort of over-sized "thumb on a glove" so people who have to get across town to work, lacking public transportation, can be recognized more easily as hitchhikers.
Or do you expect the General Assembly to ignore the state's financial woes and divert still more state funds into this money pit?
Mr.Mayor, you've been quoted in the papers as approving the concept of turning the city into a "village" for the coming Super Bowl. It seems likely that, if you pursue the policy of hurling more and more public funds into these black holes, you may indeed wind up your term as mayor of a village as taxpayers continue to flee the ever increasing (world class?) tax burden.
As an aside - and without taking sides in the dispute - need we point out that township government has had no part in the development of this swamp of fiscal quicksand.