It’s time to tell the local politicians to LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE!!
The Delaware County Commissioners and the Muncie City Council will have a joint Public Hearing on their AMENDED Reorganization Plan on:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 6:00 pm
Commissioners Courtroom, Room 309
Delaware County Building, Muncie, IN
In February 2008, over 2,200 local registered voters and citizens petitioned the local governments to reorganize and modernize Muncie and Delaware County. A bipartisan committee of 8 very dedicated local citizens appointed by our local governing bodies worked extremely hard for well over a year to craft a very progressive and comprehensive Muncie-Delaware County Plan of Reorganization . This effort would move Muncie and Delaware County out of the 19th century and into the 21st century reducing layers of bureaucracy, consolidating and unifying the local governing authority and public services to represent everyone equitably and efficiently. No more double dinging the taxpayers through multiple layers of government, no more taxation without representation by a COIT Council controlled by the Muncie City Council and many other antiquated and expensive concerns could be addressed in this reorganization.
For nearly a year, the County Commissioners and Muncie City Council allowed this Plan to gather dust as it sat on their desks wholly ignored until the statutory deadline forced their hands. At the midnight hour, a 2-person “committee” comprised of Todd Donati and Sam Marshall, who never had an open meeting to discuss or reveal their intentions, and after throwing $70,000.00 of taxpayer money at a financial impact study in an attempt to provide themselves “cover”, simultaneously sabotaged the future public referendum on this initiative by amending the plan to require a 2/3’s (66.67%) Supermajority approval at the polls in November 2012.
This folks, speaks volumes to the agenda of our County elected officials and the 5 members of the City Council that supported this amendment to the Reorganization Plan. After being forced by a citizen-driven initiative to seriously consider broad sweeping changes to our archaic local governments, our elected officials have now shown their true colors in a last ditch desperate measure to deny the citizenry and sustain the status quo. This ought to infuriate any voting citizen who believes and participates in our democratic processes.
To make matters even worse, our illustrious elected officials have strategically orchestrated this subversive maneuver in such a manner as to occur at the very last possible moment in the statutory timeline so as to minimize, if not nullify, the public’s response. Thanks to our local legislative bodies, there will be ONLY ONE OPPORTUNITY to speak out against this Supermajority requirement and that will be at the meeting on Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00 pm in the Commissioner’s Courtroom, Room 309, County Building in Muncie.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS!!..
IT DOESN’T REQUIRE A “SUPERMAJORITY VOTE” TO ELECT AN INDIVIDUAL TO A POLITICAL OFFICE!…
IT DOESN’T REQUIRE A “SUPERMAJORITY VOTE” FOR A LEGISLATIVE BODY TO ADOPT LEGISLATION (INCLUDING THESE OBSCENE AMENDMENTS TO OUR REORGANIZATION PLAN)!….
IT DIDN’T REQUIRE A “SUPERMAJORITY VOTE” TO ELIMINATE INDIANA’S TOWNSHIP ASSESSORS!….
IT DIDN’T REQUIRE A “SUPERMAJORITY VOTE” TO RECENTLY CHANGE OUR STATE CONSTITUTION TO INCLUDE PROPERTY TAX CAPS!….
IT WON’T REQUIRE A “SUPERMAJORITY VOTE” TO CONSIDER INDIANA’S MARRIAGE AMENDMENT TO OUR STATE CONSTITUTION….
IT DANG-GONE WELL SHOULDN’T REQUIRE A “SUPERMAJORITY VOTE” FOR MUNCIE AND DELAWARE COUNTY CITIZENS TO DECIDE ON OUR FUTURE (NOT THE SELF-SERVING “PROFESSIONAL” LOCAL POLITICIANS) WHEN IT COMES TO HOW WE CHOOSE TO BE GOVERNED….
In a nutshell, whether in favor or opposed to the Plan, Muncie and Delaware County voters are at the threshold of having a once in a lifetime opportunity of HISTORICAL PROPORTIONS. We would like to think (and hope) that you would want to be a part of it. We would also like to think that as Americans, Muncie and Delaware County citizens you would want to have this very important consideration fairly adjudicated by a vote of the people in a manner consistent with the the way we decide upon all our other governing and political issues.
We sincerely hope to see you at the County Building on Tuesday evening…….