The Bill of Rights has afforded the citizens the ability to address the government in matters which are a concern to us. As the sole support for all government services, is it wrong to question our government? The Bill of Rights says nay and nay and nay, again. As some would call it the writings of dusty old dead men, their wisdom is still valid today.
DATE: April 22, 2014
TO: Delaware County Commissioners
FROM: Tom Terry
RE: Apology to James Carmichael
I am challenging you as Commissioners to prove the data I gave you yesterday is false. I say the data shows the Delaware County Taxpayers have been duped out of approximately $508,000. Two years at $254,000. You are the Auditors of Delaware County; responsible for receiving bids, authorizing claims, and safeguarding our funds, IC 36-2-6-2. You have been shown that the services for this contract have been drastically reduced with no reduction in cost to the taxpayers. It is my belief that you have not personally looked the facts over but relied on others who have a political agenda. I am asking you to go to work; look this material over, ask questions, seek advice, and look the material over again. Ask your attorney; ask a State attorney, prove me wrong.
If you prove me wrong, I will issue a formal apology at the next Commissioner’s meeting to James Carmichael. Consider this as a request to be placed on the agenda. Also, if found wrong, I will make a $5000 contribution to Carmichael’s campaign.
If I am right, the Delaware County Taxpayers will need your help to collect this massive overpayment and put safeguards in place to stop such a thing from happening again. Also, if found right, I want a full investigation of all expenditures coming from the Assessor’s office.
This is more than a challenge, it is your job. You should be able to investigate this contract in two days. If you need video copies of the Oct 1, 2012 Commissioner’s meeting or copies of any data I might have; just ask. I am sure you will find this challenge important, rewarding and a conclusion of many weeks of listening to me complain.
Copies of this challenge are going to the Delaware County Prosecutor, members of the County Council, the State Police, the State Board of Accounts, the Department of Local Government Finance, the Attorney General, the Muncie Star Press, Governor Pence and most importantly the Taxpayers of Delaware County.
You are in the driver’s seat. SHOW THE TAXPAYERS OF DELAWARE COUNTY HOW CONCERNED YOU REALLY ARE.
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.