As some of you know, we just finished our 2015 Municipal primary. I know, I know, there was an election and no one came. We saw a turnout of 8%. It’s no surprise to any of us. The ballot filled with Democrats and no contenders. Except for the At-Large seats.
Speaking of the At-Large seat, six contenders for the three available seats. Nora Powell drug out her maiden name again for this election. She hasn’t used the Evans name since she got married. As soon as she ran for office, pulled it out and presto! She’s first on the ballot as Nora Evans Powell.
Another candidate named Philip Gonzales showed up as #2. He didn’t campaign, avoided the press and not even a free Facebook presence. He’s what can commonly be called a ringer or a ghost candidate. It’s very simple, really. Placed on the ballot with the intent to steal votes.. A party that was filled to the brim with their best of their best. They just can’t keep their paws out of manipulating the elections.
Phil received 439 votes or slightly less that 5%. Next in line on the ballot was Linda Gregory coming in third place. The hopes of Democrat Headquarters to unseat Linda by placing Phillip as #2 didn’t pan out. Still, it’s a little unnerving to think over four hundred voters gave the false candidate a vote. This has been going on since the beginning of time. You would think it would sink in.
The paper reported Todd Donati is bonding out another $1 million. As soon as the information is updated, will post the amortization schedule.
The local newspaper is full of good news. $600,000 will be used to pave a busy street. No one should be in disagreement on paving roads. The street was in the works for a complete makeover to include sidewalks, a bike and walking path, street lights. A few years ago the City of Muncie painted the decorative globes making evening lighting impossible. So they tried again and now we have different colored streetlight globes with a hint of the Christmas colors all year long.
I doubt the City has the money for the makeover considering it is borrowing from the Muncie Redevelopment Commission. In effect, we are borrowing from ourselves and paying interest for the privilege of borrowing from ourselves.
Will leave you with this excerpt from the Muncie Star newspaper:
The MRC’s approval of $600,000 to fund the contract meant that wheel tax proceeds and other funds usually spent on street paving could be used elsewhere.
Let’s hope the “using elsewhere” means using Wheel Tax, Street & Road taxes for their intended use. Paving.