Last night I had the opportunity to listen to a city councilperson, Brad Polk, speak about the LOIT and our local government. I can not stress enough how important it is to get informed. With all the information disseminating via the “net”, it is hard to separate fact from fiction. As much as I would like to believe I am 100% correct all the time, it is not possible. It is one of my heart’s desires to bring you the most accurate and current information possible. Of course, some is just my opinion, get your own. That being said, I will address later in the post a common misconception that I believed to be true. On to the important things.
As you all know the Muncie City Council on July 6th, 2009 is planning on imposing yet another tax upon the citizens of Delaware County. You all know it is LOIT. Won’t rehash the ramifications of this tax, y’all know my feelings.
A couple of things you need to remember when this tax is imposed is that Muncie has squandered tax money for nearly 3 decades. I doubt any new taxes will change bad habits.
Did you know that the finance committee (Muncie City) has only met once or twice in 18 months? Yes, folks, 18 months. How can any government run efficiently when the people who control the purse strings never meet? The simple truth is, it can not. That is more than obvious, wouldn’t you say?
When Muncie City Council submitted the 2009 budget, an objectioning petition by the Citizens of Delaware County for Property Tax Repeal was also submitted to the city. An objectioning petition is exactly what it says. The petition contained detailed line by line budget cuts, did not touch any of the bargaining units. I did not have the opportunity to read each and every dollar amount, yet, I feel confident that much thought and time was put into it.
Last year Cary Malchow came before the Muncie City Council with a budget showing $3,000.000.00 decrease. Mr. Malchow offered to go over this with the council and readily admitted that perhaps some cuts would not be feasible. We will never know if these cuts were good or bad, nobody took him up on his offer.
Allison Quirk, President of Muncie City Council never saw the petitions, and it appeared she was just as surprised about this revelation as the other 20+ attendees. Brad stated he had not seen it. Linda Gregory, At-Large Councilperson, said she received a synopsis. Only a synopsis.
These are the facts, Muncie facing a deficit, the finance committee rarely meeting in 18 months! Citizens preparing a budget to present and not given an audience. Now, because of their inability to fulfill their duties as elected officials, we will pay the price. Not just Muncie, but all of Delaware County.
I hope the city council does not delude themselves into thinking the public is supportive of this tax. They are not. Had the council did everything humanly possible, we would certainly be more receptive. They did nothing.
Those against the LOIT, Brad Polk and Jerry Dishman, so far. We need to support these guys. They have and will take a beating for making a stand.
For months many of us (myself included) have wondered why city council has not taken a cut in pay after promising to do so. The state has a law their pay can not be reduced from the year before. Dumb law, I know. Councilperson Gregory brought this to our attention last night, and I believe she is telling the truth.