“For the seven calendar years immediately following the hold of the referendum, shall the Muncie Community Schools impose a property tax rate that does not exceed 39.39 ($0.3939) cents on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property tax levies imposed by the Muncie Community Schools.”
The vote is Yes or No.
On the Yes side, all the taxpayers and citizens have been offered is “Keeping children safe.” Who in their right mind doesn’t want to keep children safe? Not anybody I know, probably not anyone you know, either. The Facebook page “Vote Yes for Muncie School Buses” has detailed how much the cost would be on a $100,000 home without deductions. The referendum would add $394.00 or $33.00 a month.
“VOTE YES IN NOVEMBER! It will give center township residents the option to raise taxes ($0.3939) cents on each $100 of assessed valuation. By doing this it will allow yellow school buses to run! THIS IS LESS THAN A TANK OF GAS A MONTH TO KEEP KIDS SAFE!!”
Sounds do-able for most, we can all add $33.00 to our monthly budget for the next seven years. Read the rest of this entry »
For those of you which live in the Univeristy Avenue area, you may want to take note of a citizen and homeowner who is shedding some light on Muncie’s aging storm/sewer system. You may just think “It’s not in my neighborhood…” It very well could come to yours. Sure, we have a lot on our plates, however planning ahead and preparing for the future can save a lot of headaches down the pipe.
The following letter was published in the Muncie Star Press on September 27th, 2013.
The city of Muncie has allowed and approved the construction of an apartment/commercial complex between University Avenue and North Street, and between Martin and Dicks streets, without proper sewage connections to the only 12-inch (inside diameter of pipes are only 9 inches) combination storm/sewage system that is 100 years old.
This line is too small for present use, much less adding extra sewage and runoff with new construction. The $50 million-plus project (200-plus apartments and maybe 10 retail stores) has not allowed any new sewage lineage.
It seems no one is willing to discuss this future problem with me as a local taxpayer.
Many of my neighbors cannot use their basements or flush their commodes in heavy rain in the area with combination storm and raw sewage.
No one wants to hear me complaining about this future problem. I think EPA should bring an injunction to stop this construction until Muncie invests and installs a new sewage system.
It seems the city only wants the new tax money from this project, yet refuses to install new sewage lines for all the additional development.
We have problems when most neighbors take the plug out of their basement drain, the water pressure in the sewage line will hit the basement ceiling. Pressure has cracked some basement floors.
Why will no one talk to me about this future problem?
Please help me before it is too late.
Muncie Sanitary District – Bill Smith (765) 213-6412
Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler (765) 747-4845
Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
It’s a Saturday night and the past few weeks have been exciting. Here are some awesome highlights of what’s been happening! Take a peek, if you dare.
We’re getting new landscape at City Hall. Yep, the old landscape was removed and new is on the way. A few months ago, we were privileged to get $5 million additional debt. Some of the bond debt was to go for needed repairs of the Hall. Certainly, this was an awesome way to spend tax dollars. New landscape…woo hoo! I guess it wouldn’t matter if it was included in Todd Donati’s bond presentation most city council members wouldn’t question the expenditure. “Let’s spend some more.”
Here are the before and after pictures of the landscaping done in 2009. All native plants which require low maintenance and water have been removed to make way for the new landscape which nobody has a clue what it will look like or how much it cost to remove the previous and replace with whatever the city is replacing it with.
Finally,we got the first glimpse of the $5 million parking garage, which is surrounded by stores and apartments. No swimming pool on the top as promised. A big bummer, but I don’t think it would be a public pool anyway. Here’s the rendition of the $60 million complex and I have pointed out the $5 million garage we are paying for.
Here is the architectural drawing of the $1.5 million bathhouse. Originally we were told it would be privately funded. Nobody donated, so we get to pay for it. Yea…
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Sorry, the city hasn’t released the drawing yet. We have to build it before you know what’s in it.
Gee, you would think we are the Federal Government or something.
The good news is we are so broke, we can’t afford to build the $4 million Visitor Center located smack dab in the middle of a couple of car dealerships. Looking for a car? Stop in at the Visitor’s Center for some brochures of our county after or before you shop. Jim Mansfield Director of the Visitor’s Bureau, was disappointed he wasn’t getting any new digs.
As most of you know, the county had to hire a firm to study our financial situation and give us an assessment. It was pretty darn rosy. Although, the county cleaned out the Rainy Day Fund (surplus) and cut $300,000.00, we still are teetering on the cusp of being broke or being broker. (Is that a word? Oh well, it fits.)
The good news is the county passed a budget higher than last year. I think they must have some money stashed away. Anyway, it confused us because if you can’t meet last year’s expenditures without borrowing from the RDF (Rainy Day Fund), it makes perfect sense to increase the budget. I mean, that’s what we all do in our budgets, right?
Well, no biggie, we’ll just borrow until we get property tax revenue. Except, we still have a higher budget than 2013, so exactly how is that going to work out?
Mike Jones, county council, isn’t the president, but may as well be as he is the lead spokesperson for the council. I look for him to be president next year. I mean, he spends some time on the public chats. His comments on the budget weren’t well received. “Yes way” Mr. Jones exclaimed when putting in his vote for the unsustainable budget.
By the way, according to Jones, everyone that disagrees with him is a member of the Tea Party and every Republican that beats out a Democrat is a Tea Party, too. (Sigh)
Kind of reminds you of the NSA thinking millions of American Citizens are terrorists. So, we do mimic the Federal Government just a tad bit.
Mayor Tyler said that both the city and county were now controlled by one party. He said there would be no excuses and we would be pleasantly surprised.
Wrong on both counts. The excuses continue, at least on the county side…what’s new? Yawn. And nothing the Tyler administration does is a surprise. How can it be, when it’s same old, same old?
That’s about it, folks. See you soon!
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Where: First Church of the Nazarene
3101 N Benton Road
Muncie, IN 47304
Why: House Bill 1427 charged the Indiana State Legislature with evaluating the new Common Core Standards and making a recommendation to the State Board of Education who must revote on whether Indiana will keep or abandon the standards by 2014. Citizens are unaware of the new standards and their possible negative consequences on public, private and home schools.
46 states have adopted the Common Core Standards which creates a defacto national curriculum. Many of these states did so because they received federal incentives through the Stimulus Fund and No Child Left Behind waivers.
Indiana has paused implementation of the Common Core because of the low quality of the standards and the loss of local control under the governance of the standards.
States can’t change or delete any of the standards as private organizations hold a copyright on them. We may only add 15% to the content, which will not be covered on proposed new national tests.
Two members of the Common Core Validation Committee refused to sign off of the standards because they will put our students two years behind high-performing countries by eighth grade and leave our children unprepared for entrance into a four-year university. They both testified to the legislature that Indiana should reject Common Core.
Brad Oliver: Associate Dean – Indiana Wesleyan University
District 6 appointment by Governor Pence to the
Indiana State Board of Education
Heather Crossin: Parent – HoosiersAgainstCommonCore.com
Erin Tuttle: Parent – HoosiersAgainstCommonCore.com
Muncie Sanitary District and you. Seems the MSD appointed attorney, Mike Quirk, has a new business venture, Small Office Solutions. Apparently it is a collection center and the one of his first, if not his first client is the Muncie Sanitary District.
Yes, folks, you heard right. His business SOS which was just created on August 21, 2013 was the business to grab that contract. Sure, he signed a disclosure agreement, which isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
MSD is $1 million behind on delinquent sewer bills. An amnesty program failed to collect much money. The MSD attorney creates a new business, and the MSD gives the MSD attorney the contract. Did I mention he signed a conflict of interest disclosure form?