Pay and partnerships link Muncie cop, gun dealer (Star Press 7-6-16)
In its lawsuit, Liberty says the Muncie district raised the rate that Liberty pays in 2013 in a maner that is “not permitted under the contract.” Liberty objected but MSD continued with the billing.
Liberty’s lawsuit argues that it has now been overcharged by MSD by $61,000.
At the heart of Liberty’s lawsuit is the assertion that MSD can raise its rates to Liberty only because the cost of processing sewage has increased. MSD acknowledged, Liberty said, that it was raising its rates in part because of its multi-year, multi-million-dollar project within the city of Muncie to separate storm and sanitary sewers.
For a local utility to raise its rates while overpaying by $300,000 on quotes is inconceivable. Of course, the Mayor will look the other way and no one will be watching over our money.
The way it goes is something like this: Elected officials appoint people to positions, often where large sums of money can be spent with little oversight. Neither the elected officials or their appointments take any responsibility. Sometimes, a sum of money, say around $10,000 coming from Economic Development Income Tax, may be used for the purpose of finding a legal loophole to remove board members before their appointment has expired.
Your rates and your taxes will increase, but you won’t mind a bit. Said it before, will say it again. When you vote the person into an office, you also vote in their appointments.
Well, it’s only money and we have plenty to burn.