So, this morning I wake up, grab the cup of hot java and settle down to a peaceful morning with the Star Press on-line. What a shock.
Now, the county wants to raise the tax to 1.8%. You can’t blame Donati, he is just doing what he has always done. Spend and tax. I can not stress enough, research and vote with a brain.
What elected official would dare raise taxes under these conditions:
- 11.7% unemployment rate
- National recession
- Local depression
- Record foreclosures
- Record tax sales
- Over 50% of our children on free or reduced lunch
In my humble opinion, Muncie and Delaware County are flush with untapped and tapped revenue sources. Take as one example the Morrison TIF which had a balance of 8 million dollars in January ’09. I wish somebody would really bring to the public’s attention all the other TIFs we have in this county and their balances.
Then let’s move on to all of the tax exempt properties sitting comfortably in our county. We have 214 N. Walnut which is more commonly known as the Democrat Headquarters which has not paid a penny of property tax in years. They are considered an educational institution. Here is a prime piece of property sitting smack dab in the middle of downtown for free.
Then let’s hop on over to Madison street and take a good look at another piece of tax exempt property. This building was leased to the state for the welfare office which moved out in 2007. Next, it was Hillary Clinton’s campaign office. Now it is sitting vacant. Which only stands to reason that property taxes for 2008 pay 2009 will be assessed. I would love to tell you who owns this property, but until I can get it verified…It is owned by a corporation and I do know who is part owner of the corporation.
I have so many questions. Like who is responsible for following up and verifing these tax exempt properties really deserve to be tax exempt?
Then we have the skimming of funds like we found with the SBA investigations on the DTF accounts and the surveyor’s office. Ooops, I forgot, he was acquitted by a grand jury of his peers.
No matter which way you look at it, what it boils down to is getting rid of the corruption that has permeated every governmental entitiy in this county. Hardly anything ever done in secret is a good thing. If it were, believe me, our elected officials would be shouting it from the rooftops. “Look what we have done, aren’t we great?” Instead, we have closed door meetings, private deals all to keep the people in the dark.
Take a peek at these links. And have a great day.