This morning's paper gives us some more Biased Sludge (BS) from Mayor Ballard on behalf of the proposed transit boondoggle.
We're told, "...the city is vibrant and has benefited (sic) from investments in the airport and Downtown. But it lags, he said, on transit." (Our emphasis.)
The facts are that, after 30 to 40 years and hundreds of millions of private and taxpayer dollars being "invested" downtown, the "city" is using financial manipulations and maneuvers to meet next year’s budget, none of which, apparently, will give Indianapolis citizens/taxpayers a properly funded, adequate public safety program.
Surely wiser "investment" over such a long period of time would have brought "return revenues" sufficient to provide for a municipal function of such major importance, along with such "minor" operations as libraries, parks, etc..
Mr. Mayor, it may come as a surprise to you that "downtown" is actually only a small part of the city. There are some of us out here who happen to think that taxpayer subsidy of professional sports, not to mention a general policy of corporate welfare, should not be very high on your priority list, if there at all.
We were recently told that airport traffic has fallen off and may result in fewer visitors/conventions. Is it really true that the grandiose new terminal building is not attracting business from all over the world?
We’re happy to see the downtown hospitality industry "vibrant." We’d be happier to see municipal government vibrant and benefitted, without the fiscal juggling, which it seems is becoming the norm for this city.
And, please, be more specific, geographically and people-wise, when you refer to the "city" in the future.