Muncie Sanitary District
By now everyone in Delaware County and outwards has heard the news, Muncie Building Commissioner has been arrested and charged with 33 felonies. He is on unpaid leave.
You may remember when Nichols’ company billed and was paid to demolish four buildings. There were no buildings on these four properties. Several people commented on social media the buildings had been demolished during Mayor McShurley’s administration. She lost to Tyler in 2011.
In an attempt to cover up the fraudulent invoices, Nichols claimed it was a mistake and submitted new invoices. Journalist Larry Riley penned a column citing there were no demolition permits attached to the paperwork. Mayor Tyler took no action.
Reviewing the Board of Public Works none of the 2015 minutes are available as of 2-18-17. According to the indictment, many of the violations occurred in 2015.
Muncie City Board of Public Works approves payment of submitted invoices. The president of BOW is John Quirk and his law firm represents the City of Muncie as well. January 13, 2016, minutes reflects approval of a change order presented on behalf of the City of Muncie for Nichols company Capitol Consulting and Property Management in the amount of $14,000 bringing the total of services billed to $88,950.00. bow-jan-13-2016-minutes-1 Read the rest of this entry »
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.
Pay and partnerships link Muncie cop, gun dealer (Star Press 7-6-16)
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
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. James Madison
Please take a look at Muncie’s financials.
These two reports ran in January 2016 and February 2016. The latest report shows a debt increase of $10 million.
Muncie revenue received for the years 2011 to 2015. The revenue sources includes property taxes, federal taxes, state taxes, local taxes, fees, donations and grants.
Detailed Receipts 2011 to 2015
If you would like to look at the revenue streams the reports below give details. As you can see, property taxes have been on a decline since 2011. This should have been the first clue.
When revenue begins to decrease while debt increases it would be wise to consider the cost of debt and what it means. The first cost was public services which could only be fully funded with a tax increase. The second cost is economic development and it will only partially be funded with the recent tax increase.
You do need to consider the cost. If the debt can not be met, and there are no more taxes to increase what then? Fees? Fines? You don’t need to be in the dark when it comes to Local and State government finances any longer. In fact, it is imperative, for our future, to be well informed.
James Madison was a wise man giving wise advice which is still relevant today.
On Thursday the Muncie newspaper reported on the purchase of a property by Muncie Sanitary District. The District purchased the property for $395,000.
On Friday, the newspaper reported the property was appraised by unlicensed 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 »