Mayor Tyler claims his administration is transparent. If this is so, why is it that citizens learn of events after the fact?
Take Halteman Village Pool for example. A little background, if I may. Halteman Village is a subdivision in Muncie. The mayor and two city council members live in the subdivision. It has a private pool.
Two years ago the City of Muncie gave Halteman Pool $10,000 for repairs. Later we found it was in lieu of swim lessons. The pool closed. We have a public pool and for some unknown reason (Mayor Tyler seems to have forgotten) why swim lessons could not be offered at the beautiful Tuhey Pool. (Tuhey had $2 million and more invested and yet the mayor chooses to finance repairs on a private pool? – let it sink in.) A former board member stated after receiving the $10,000 the pool closed three days later. Do the math….$3,333/day for swim lessons.
On October 22, 2017, citizens found Halteman Pool was deeded to the city in August. Who knew? A quit-claim deed was filed, now the City of Muncie owns another pool and in Mayor Tyler’s neighbourhood. But, here is where it gets good. Halteman Pools was $16,000 in delinquent taxes and a mortgage of $30,000 (according to the paper).
So why was the property deeded to the city in the first place? You’re going to love this explanation from Sarah Beach spokesperson for the City of Muncie.
“The property was given to the city of Muncie because the owners were no longer able to maintain and operate the property,” Beach said. “The owners did not want the property to become overgrown and donated the property to the city. The city accepted it so that we could maintain it and prevent it from becoming an overgrown eyesore and devalue the neighborhood.”
But ya know, there are many properties in neighbourhoods which are run down, why is this property special? Because the mayor and two city council members live there?
The property has was been sold in the tax sale last month.
I’m glad the mayor has his best interest in mind. To avoid his neighbourhood from going to pot, he’ll just gobble up property with city money. And then he’ll have the city mow and maintain it. And then we’ll take the property off the tax rolls. And then Mayor Tyler will come to us with his proverbial hat in his hand and cry about how the caps are hurting the city. And then he’ll devise a way to increase or implement new fees like he did with the landlord ordinance.
If all this doesn’t stink to high heaven and just scream of improprieties….
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