Saturday ramblings – Waiting for Noah’s boat

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Muncie had several streets and roads flooded from last night’s rain.   Many streets and roads not normally prone to high water were affected.  One street which, if you live in Muncie, you know floods 99.9999% with heavy rainfall.  Still, the brave souls drive through it.

Take a gander at WISH-TV site for pictures submitted by the locals.

WISH-TV and Muncie flooding.

Check the Star Press if you need sandbags, or text Noah, he’s been through this before.

Saturday morning ramblings – TIF info available

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‘Morning to the good people of Indiana.  Been a long time since the last Saturday rambling was posted.  It certainly isn’t for lack of subject matter, plenty of fodder to write on.  Time’s a wasting, so let’s get to the down and dirties.

For those seeking further information about your local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) you will find a wealth of data on the Indiana Transparency Portal.  Here you can find revenues, expenditures, assessed valuation, businesses and a whole bunch more.

Say what you will about our State, placing this data in the hands of the public is an awesome step on the part of our government.

At the onset of the portal, it was clumsy, hard to navigate and limited information.  Responding to public input, the site has come a long way.

Take a gander.

Indiana Transparency Portal

Delaware County TIF

More Delaware County TIF

Even More Delaware County TIF

 

Economic Development – Riley style

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There is no doubt in anyone’s mind Delaware County Economic Development is a hard area to follow.  Both financial and in practice.

Today, Larry Riley, a regular columnist in the local newspaper lays it out for us.  I’m not sure anyone could have done a better job at explaining.  Nevertheless, here it is in all her glory.  Enjoy.

Development of economic development.

Elections & Paving…this is a quickie

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As some of you know, we just finished our 2015 Municipal primary.  I know, I know, there was an election and no one came.  We saw a turnout of 8%.   It’s no surprise to any of us.  The ballot filled with Democrats and no contenders.  Except for the At-Large seats.

Speaking of the At-Large seat, six contenders for the three available seats.  Nora Powell drug out her maiden name again for this election.  She hasn’t used the Evans name since she got married.  As soon as she ran for office, pulled it out and presto! She’s first on the ballot as Nora Evans Powell.

Another candidate named Philip Gonzales showed up as #2.  He didn’t campaign, avoided the press and not even a free Facebook presence.  He’s what can commonly be called a ringer or a ghost candidate.  It’s very simple, really.  Placed on the ballot with the intent to steal votes..  A party that was filled to the brim with their best of their best.  They just can’t keep their paws out of manipulating the elections.

Phil received 439 votes or slightly less that 5%.  Next in line on the ballot was Linda Gregory coming in third place.  The hopes of Democrat Headquarters to unseat Linda by placing Phillip as #2 didn’t pan out.  Still, it’s a little unnerving to think over four hundred voters gave the false candidate a vote.  This has been going on since the beginning of time.  You would think it would sink in.

The paper reported Todd Donati is bonding out another $1 million.  As soon as the information is updated, will post the amortization schedule.

The local newspaper is full of good news.  $600,000 will be used to pave a busy street.  No one should be in disagreement on paving roads.  The street was in the works for a complete makeover to include sidewalks, a bike and walking path, street lights.  A few years ago the City of Muncie painted the decorative globes making evening lighting impossible.  So they tried again and now we have different colored streetlight globes with a hint of the Christmas colors all year long.

I doubt the City has the money for the makeover considering it is borrowing from the Muncie Redevelopment Commission.  In effect, we are borrowing from ourselves and paying interest for the privilege of borrowing from ourselves.

Will leave you with this excerpt from the Muncie Star newspaper:

The MRC’s approval of $600,000 to fund the contract meant that wheel tax proceeds and other funds usually spent on street paving could be used elsewhere.

Let’s hope the “using elsewhere” means using Wheel Tax, Street & Road taxes for their intended use.  Paving.

Saturday morning ramblings: Early voting begins

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voting imageFor those of you voters living in the City of Muncie, there doesn’t seem to be much to draw you to the polls.  In the majority of seats, there is just one Democrat running and no Republican.  The exceptions are as follows:

District 2: The Republican ballot is incumbent Mark Conatser and Dan Ridenour.  The Democrat ticket is Todd Smekens.

District 6: Democrat ballot is incumbent Julius Anderson and Richard Ivy.

At-Large candidates include three incumbents, Linda Gregory, Nora Powell and Alison Quirk.  Three hopefuls Philip Gonzales, Marwin Strong and Robert York.   This may be the hottest race – you can only vote for three and only vote if you select a Democrat ballot.  Remember, just because someone appears on the ballot and you don’t want to cast a vote for that person, you are not obligated to do so.

You might be asking, where is Brad Polk?  Well, he’s still here, sitting in District 4.  Brad has no one running against him.  Not on the Republican ticket nor on the Democrat ticket.  In other words, Polk has already won the primary election.

I told you, the ballot is sparse.

“If you are unable to vote in person on Election Day you have the option to vote in person before Election Day at the County Building, 100 W. Main. The election room on the 1st floor. Absentee voting begins 29 days before Election day from 8:00am to 4:30pm and ends at noon the day before the election.” LWV Delaware County