...will the people of Indianapolis go in accepting the statements of official B.S. (Biased Sludge) appearing in the print media concerning the need for still more tax increases? In this case, the official B.S. is contained in two quotes in this morning’s front page article headlined, "Tax hike proposed to beef up IMPD."
The first quote is from council member Mary Moriarty Adams, to wit; "People don’t feel safe in our community right now. The No.1 priority should be put on hiring police officers."
The second quote is from council member John Barth; "The next step is to stand up and say, ‘We are willing to make the hard decisions.’" (Our emphasis in both cases.)
The nerve of these people - and all their political cohorts - to talk about priorities and making hard decisions while watching hundred of millions of tax dollars being gifted to billionaire sports franchise owners is unbelievable!
We’re not sure about Mr. Barth, but we’re pretty sure Ms. Adams was on the council which adopted a tax increase for the specific - or at least as announced - purpose of financing public safety. The money’s gone and we still have fewer police officers than we did when that tax increase was passed.
We’d ask Mr. Barth why giving $160,000,000 to a basketball team was so easy a decision while fewer bucks for the protection of the terrified people Ms. Adams describes is such a "hard decision." And please do not give us the malarkey about revenues being "dedicated" and therefore not available for needed municipal functions.
The law is the way it is because that’s the way you office holders want it to be. No new taxes would be needed if the politicians really had the guts to make hard decisions. In all honesty, they shouldn’t even be thought of as "hard" decisions.
Decisions like saying "NO!" to crony developers who expect property tax gifts and abatements. Decisions to say "NO!" to ever increasing TIF districts which are bleeding the property tax base supposed to support public safety.
Some of us are sick and tired of being labeled as unwilling to pay for public services we expect. We wonder why media articles so rarely use comments from taxpayers who contribute honestly and loyally, but are completely fed up with the irresponsible use of the funds they have put in the till.
An interesting sideshow in this scenario is the position of council president Maggie Lewis, reported in this story as being doubtful about at least the part of the proposal having to do with property tax increase.
We predict she will wind up in "the catbird seat" by rounding up enough votes from both parties to pass the proposal without her own vote, or by going ahead and voting yes. Either way she’s ahead. She can run for mayor as being "anti tax increase," or, alternatively, as being willing to make the "hard decision" to support public safety!
One hardly knows whether to laugh or cry when observing Indianapolis politicians and their smoke-and mirrors financial shenanigans!
But this certainly will be an expensive laugh!!!