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Interested in Muncie and MSD end of year debt? Got it!

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Interested in the City of Muncie and the Muncie Sanitary District 2016 year end debt report?  Would you like to see the how it is distributed?

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Muncie Bond Debt 12-31-16

An Evening with Larry Riley

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Having you been missing Larry Riley’s columns from the local newspaper?  If so, you won’t want to miss this event.

The Rest of the Story – An Evening with Larry Riley

When: May 29th, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Kennedy Library

1700 W McGalliard Rd, Muncie, IN

Get directions

We know Memorial Weekend is busy, so even if you can’t make it at 6:30 PM, the doors will be open during the event.  Bring your questions.

Hope to see you!

Paving, demolitions, raises and budget

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By now, most everyone which is paying attention understands the Mayor of Muncie didn’t apply for State paving funds.  If you have been on vacation the State of Indiana provided matching grant opportunities for additional paving funds.

All one had to do was apply with provided information and have matching funds.  The public has not stayed silent as letters appeared in the local newspaper.

Muncie misses out on state funds

It is unfortunate that the mayor did not choose to apply for state funding to repair our streets.

And a bit of sarcasm, too.

Who needs the money?

I am personally glad that the mayor did not accept a million dollars from the state of Indiana. Who would want any money from those stinky Republicans that occupy our statehouse? Besides, it probably came with silly ole strings attached, like the money would have to be spent on streets and stuff like that, and not on private swim clubs. Those silly auditors are so demanding and so out of touch with the needs of good ole Muncie.

And some uncommon common sense.

Muncie could use grants

It’s a given that you won’t receive grant money if you do not apply. As for the city doing all right, is Mr. Tyler talking about the streets I drive on every day? Driving on some of our streets is like trying to maneuver a mine field – large potholes and/or mini hills one must try to miss

We seem to have a plethora of ideas, broken promises, dreams not realized with this  administration.  When he took office he had the dreams, you all.  Maybe a minor baseball team or the old Chevy plant would be a beautiful park.  You might even wonder about the $10,000 in forgiven property taxes for a community garden on an old polluted property of an abandoned factory on 8th St.

How about demolishing buildings and paying a goodly price on properties which have been vacant lots before Mayor Tyler took office.  The mayor never promised us the  FBI investigation nor a 43% income taxed passed in a record 14 days.

Spending thousands of dollars for an open wastewater pipe, a fence, some plantings known as Liberty Pass legally but Dennis’ Ditch publically.  Oh, how this will be a draw for all the visitors Muncie is sure to have soon.  Currently, it is a nice meeting place for drug deals as a neighbor revealed.

Let’s go back to the LOIT and income tax for just a moment.  Mayor Tyler’s justification for the tax was property tax caps.  Yet, this administration is taking properties off of tax rolls.  He had to have the Local Option Income Tax for public safety, although previously he said there would be enough money without a grant.  The previous mayor, Sharon McShurley made the same promise in 2011.  Of course, she was not re-elected but did leave the city with more than enough cash for the Muncie Fire Department.

Prior to the Economic Development Income Tax (EDIT) increase, unbeknownst to the public, the mayor was using the  EDIT tax dollars to fund the city’s building commissioner’s businesses, paying an obscene amount for demolishing blighted properties.  Not to mention all city contracts as well as the business the commissioner got from new construction.  Some may call it racketeering.  Perhaps even the FBI would place it in the same category,  No wonder he needed more money…

Some feel inclined to plead on behalf of the city administration with claims there is no proof.  However, the handful of supporters don’t have any  city documents.  Neither have they pounded the pavement to investigate the internal policies hidden from the people of Muncie.

We can also say the Mayor has some wins under his belt with the downtown hotel.  To be sure, it was needed.  Yet, the mayor when he announced the hotel said there would no public funds.  Before he borrowed  nearly $18 million…

Two months before the presidential election the Delaware County Democrat chair resigned.  There is speculation on a federal lawsuit  alleging the city required 20% from the companies awarded city contracts be donated to the Democrat Party.    The building has not paid a penny of property tax for years, but all you hear from the mayor is property tax caps.

Soon the City Council will be voting on the budget for 2017.  It has increased about 20% including raises for the mayor and department heads.  Kind of strange Mayor Tyler cried “Wo, is Muncie and those dreadful caps.  Poor subjects of Muncie I’ll need to decrease your income.  It’s those tax caps, you know.”  The next year, despite the caps, he crafts a budget the city or folks can’t afford.  Does this make sense?

Anyone can increase their budget, paying for it is the hard part.

 

More on MSD rate hikes

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The Star Press has an article in today’s paper.  Rates likely to go up.

MSD rate hikes.

Don’t forget, Thursday, July 7th at 10:30 AM.  Muncie City Hall.

MSD RATE INCREASE – PLEASE READ Updated with rate increase

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Muncie Sanitary District Public Forum – Rate Increases-

When: Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Time: 10:30 AM

Where: Muncie City Hall

 

 

 In case you missed it, there is a public meeting scheduled for July 7 that many might not be aware. This public forum begins at 10:30 a.m. at Muncie City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to let property owners, ratepayers and other interested parties be heard in reference to current and proposed Muncie Sanitary District rates. The published figures recommended by the Muncie Sanitary District include some sizable increases in charges going forward including a 50 percent increase in the stormwater rates.

The resolution was introduced at the June 23 board of MSD commissioner’s meeting. The Star Press printed the meeting notice in the paper the next morning, which is how I learned of the rate increases.

 

All interested parties should attend.

Muncie City Councilperson Dan Ridenour

MSD Rate Increase 6-23-16

 

Saturday rambling: Whole lot coming down the pipe

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American Dollars Falling from the SkyOn Thursday the Muncie newspaper reported on the purchase of a property by Muncie Sanitary District.  The District purchased the property for $395,000.

MSD pays 3 times assessed value of bldg. Why?

On Friday, the newspaper reported the property was appraised by unlicensed appraisers.

District didn’t use licensed appraisers

I would like to point out the quote from Mayor Tyler:

Mayor Dennis Tyler said Friday he wasn’t familiar with The Star Press report about the purchase of the flea market building in the 1700 block of East Main Street.

“All I know is that the city of Muncie and sanitary district have to get those levees recertified,” Tyler said. “It’s an expensive process they’re going through.”

In December 2014, the State of Indiana audited the District finding eight projects paying over the quoted prices.  The lowest percentage was 22% and the highest was 822%.  The total amount over the quoted prices was $300,763.  Knowing an expensive process is in the making, perhaps Mayor Tyler needs to be more cognizant of how tax money is used. Read the rest of this entry »