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The annual Property Tax Appeal Help Day on November 17, 2012 had an extraordinary turnout. With nearly 150 people in attendance and some with stories of increased assessment, we can’t call it a success until every property owner receives a fair assessment. Rest assured we are working diligently to get the ear of our legislatures to address this issue. It may be this year, or maybe not, it’s hard to say what the future holds.
As you all may know, Scott Alexander won the County Council At-Large seat. Scott has been attending county meetings for nearly seven years and brings to the table a wealth of information and practical experience. With that being said, welcome Scott!
District 2 Commissioner, Todd Donati, lost his re-election bid and his last day will be December 31, 2012. Prior to being commissioner he spent 12 years on county council. Unfortunately, most people ignored his performance on council and elected him in 2008. After four years of the most viral political games and outrageous spending, the people of Delaware County ousted him from office. I heard the day after the election, many of the county employees had a smile on their faces.
The Christmas Season is upon us and it looks like the downtown area will be decked out in lights. Muncie has come a long way since that cold winter night in 2009 when Council President, Sam Marshall, announced he was cutting the streetlight budget in half. Yes, 50% of the lights were scheduled to be shut off. No Christmas lights for us , bah humbug. And just about no streetlights in 2010 either. Yet, despite the not so bright future, Muncie was able to leave to the new administration $7,596,218.00 to take into 2012. Nobody got a bonus and only one person in the Tyler administration got a raise, but there were new copiers purchased and some other sundry things along the way. So, now Muncie is flush with money and the budget has been increased by $2 million. So much for Nora Powell, finance chairperson, getting the department heads to consider fiscal prudence. Hey, if you got it, might as well spend it.