It is absolutely amazing!! Well, actually, it is more depressing than amazing. The brazen operation of the Indianapolis Downtown Club (IDC) is almost beyond belief.
With the newspaper ink hardly dry on the B.S. (Biased Sludge) of Mayor Ballard’s comments about the CIB giveaway of $160,000,000 to the basketball team, the second shoe has dropped already. We reject the supposition that the timing is anything other than deliberate. Sit down and shut up, taxpayer!!
Yesterday morning’s paper tells us that a "study commission" which has been at work for three months will make recommendations for tax increases "necessary" for financing additional police officers. (These are the same police officers who were to be funded by another tax increase a few years ago!)
Having just committed a gift of five times that amount, we are now told that financing the needed new recruits for the IMPD will cost another $30,000,000. Ballard is playing "disapointed" that he is "forced" to give all that money to the CIB. He'd really like to fund public safety. Really.
Part of the "good news" which apparently eased the feelings of Ballard was his claim that property tax is not involved in the CIB deal. That in itself is not exactly true. Basketball and football teams do not pay property taxes on those palaces.
Was he surprised by the headline on this morning’s story reading, "Property owners may pay the tab?" Who brought this "study commission" - this gathering of generous souls - together? (We have to wonder what the wife would say if we came home with a dozen Titleist golf balls instead of the needed week’s groceries - and then told her we could make it up with money set aside for her personal allowance!)
We find it interesting that the "study commission" is not identified by membership nor by the appointing authority. The only people named are John Barth, a council member as a member of the commission, Public Safety Director Riggs, Assistant Chief Crowe and Valerie Washington, Assistant Director of Public Safety. Ms. Washington "...helped put together the staffing commission’s report."
At the very best, what we have here is a pair of public bodies involved with directing or recommending the use of public funds, with absolutely no recognition or even knowledge of the actions of the other, and worse, with no apparent desire to have any such contact.
At the worst, we have another deliberate, in-your-face flim flam of the taxpayer by committing major amounts of public funds to highly questionable purposes while simultaneously demanding tax increases for necessary municipal functions.
There is no official recognition of any need or even any desirability to examine current disbursements. This city has become nothing more than a microcosm of Washington D.C.. Should we be happy just because they they’re talking millions instead of trillions?
Is this really what Indianapolis residents want?