Mayor Tyler of the City of Muncie is disputing the split with the former chief of police and the city.
The Mayor provided a statement to the local newspaper unsigned, no city letterhead and delivered by an attorney. What’s that all about? Who issues a public statement like this?
Read it here:
The City of Muncie is toying with a registry for rental properties. Currently, they are looking at a $5.00 fee. How long do you think it will stay at $5.00?
The ordinance is being introduced on Monday (12-5) at Muncie City Hall – 7:30 PM.
Meanwhile, the citizens of the city paying the attorney fees for a lawsuit against several city employees, under an FBI investigation and has lost or is losing two State grants.
Just last year the Mayor and City Council passed a 43% income tax in 14 days. The director of Muncie Redevelopment Commission tried to get an ordinance introduced and passed to give his condo property a tax abatement.
And get this…the Mayor is upset with a company who managed the city pool because the business owner is not providing the city with the company’s financials. The city is on the hook for $96,000.00. Under normal circumstances, you would consider this good government. Watching out for tax dollars, right? Except it is not the case for this administration.
This has been the murkiest and crony oriented government this city has ever seen.
Just three reasons in three days why Delaware County has such a bad reputation.
In this article, the Mayor of Muncie has his superintendent report on a grant error. The mayor goes on to lie about it. Why would a candidate running for county commissioner, Duke Campbell, try to remove grant funding for a county he was looking to serve? He was told to do it, that’s why. Will he serve at the pleasure of the mayor or the pleasure of the people? A political stunt with the potential to backfire.
A day or so earlier, this article appeared about the voter registrations investigated by the Indiana State police. I mean, 25% of the registrations were improper and it is considered a “small” amount. Does anyone care about the integrity of our elections.
In the third article, we find the city’s building commissioner is citing the GOP for campaign signs on their property. Which depending on how you read State law it could be a violation. However, the building commissioner, Craig Nichols, currently under investigation by the FBI, has been in this position for eight election cycles and never thought to violate the GOP until a few days ago.
Closing thoughts, can we just get through one local election without the very appearance of impropriety?
Michael Hicks brings to us another Tale of TIF Districts. In case you missed it…
The required report has been submitted to the State of Indiana for the year 2015. If you’re interested in looking at the financials of TIF districts in Delaware County have at it.delaware-county-tif-districts-2015 Just for the record, the TIF debt which is slated to be paid off in, oh, say, 25 or more years will more than likely never be retired.
You see, once the debt load is decreased, the borrowing begins again and TIF revenue is never returned to the taxing entities. This includes schools, libraries, general fund, etc.
So what good is a TIF? If managed properly TIF can be a plus for the community with infrastructure and an increase in businesses and jobs. Paying off the districts, and in the case of Muncie, the return of tax dollars would be around $4 million today.
Considering Muncie had to pass an income tax just to make ends meet in 2015, doubt seriously Muncie will be able to pa the debt off early. At least not while it continues to spend more than it takes in. No doubt, everyone involved in local TIF will be out of office the debt will be left for someone else to handle and the people left will be footing the bill.
The local Muncie newspaper has lost a valuable resource. Larry Riley, a local journalist, has penned his last column for the Star Press.
For decades Riley has been educating the public on local, state and sometimes national happenings. He was a true investigative journalist with a talent for writing. To be honest, at times his columns could be controversial, sometimes whimsical, sometimes boring.
The columns offered more than just insight, it gave you a wealth of information lacking in many of the articles we read today. He attended several government meetings and you would often see him visiting the local library.
He had his critics especially when he wrote about events such as the infamous city demolitions (the target of an FBI probe) or when he jogged our memories with his yearly “Famous Quotes” columns. I would venture to guess he had more fans than critics, though.
He wasn’t so arrogant to not admit he made a mistake or two. Reporting the correction usually as soon as possible normally in the next column. In one instance he had written city council person, Nora Powell, was sporting a double homestead credit. She corrected him in a letter of her own. He responded with a retraction.
Riley was also well-versed on the working of TIF districts. I remember reading his blog several years ago when he did an essay on the Mall TIF. This TIF Riley penned was how a successful TIF should function. Of course, most of it was like trying to decipher Greek to me. It was an introduction and he did not disappoint with subsequent columns over the years. So, he was an educator as well as a columnist.
He was and still is a well-respected writer. I know his columns will be missed by those interested in learning more about our local government. I hope he continues.