At the county council meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the wheel tax again came up for introduction The three year sunset clause is expected to expire in December, and the county must have the wheel tax approved and shipped off to the State of Indiana by July 1st. As can be expected, it is getting a wave of comments, ideas and criticism.
Do we need it? Probably. Do we feel we are getting our money’s worth? Nope. Is there any transparency as promised in 2009? Hardly. It’s as murky as a swamp. The big discussion is the sunset clause. The tax may have passed unanimously had this been in the ordnance up for adoption. It was removed. After all, even a smidgen of transparency is better than none
Council person Mike Jones posted on the local newspaper:
Frankly I’m not inherently opposed to a sunset clause, but feel it does nothing to enhance or detract from County Councils ability to implement or rescind the tax at any point in time. The requirement both on the city and county remain to submit paving plans are intact in the ordinance by April 1st of each year. If at anytime the Council determines that the Highway Garage is not performing as it should or other monies become available, the wheel tax can be rescinded at any time. “
Wheel tax still controversial April 24, 2013 Muncie Star Press
If it doesn’t add or detract, than what’s the problem? Include it and move on. The people want it. Read the rest of this entry »
Scott Alexander spoke at the Bowen Center – Institute on Political Participation, March 25th, 2012. The Institute on Political Participation began in 1981 to encourage students and citizens to become involved in the political process and engage in civic duties. Every year the Institute holds a two-day seminar where attendees have the opportunity to listen, learn and interact with key people in public office, media, political analysts and private sector leaders.
Scott Alexander is a leader. Read the rest of this entry »
I am so excited about the great line-up of candidates this primary season. You all will have a chance to meet several of the people running for local to congressional seats this week. In our little corner of the world, we have the opportunity to be a part of changing the face of government.
There is no greater gift that our Founding Fathers have bestowed upon us than the right to participate in the political process.
Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men. Samuel Adams
~ Upcoming events in Muncie, Indiana ~ February 2012
Monday February 20,2012 Muncie 9-12/Tea Party will be holding their bi-monthly meeting. Topic: Flat Tax
Special Guest Speaker will be Scott Alexander President of Citizens of Delaware County for Good Government
6:30 to 8:30 PM at Kennedy Library
Tuesday February 21, 2012 Meet and Greet with Don Bates, Jr. candidate for Congress.
5:00 to 8:00 PM Cardinal Hall B in the Ball State Student Center from 5-8 p.m. People can park in any yellow or green lot. Feel free to invite your friends
Saturday February 25, 2012 GOP candidates for 6th Congressional will debate. Sponsored by Delaware and Henry Counties and will conduct a straw poll during this time. The event also includes candidates for the Senate seat currently held by Richard Lugar.
Don Bates; Bill Frazier; John Hatter; Luke Messer
Andrew Phipps; T. J. Thompson; Joseph Van Wye
7:30 to 9:30 AM A & A Banquet Hall, 901 E. 29th St. (Old US 35) in Muncie (a few blocks west of the Muncie Southside Wal-Mart). Doors open at 7:30 AM. Event begins at 8:00 AM. Concludes by 9:30 AM. Candidate speeches from 8:15-9:15 AM followed by straw poll voting, announcement of results and end of event. Index cards with questions will be gathered from the audience from 8:00-8:15 AM. Only Precinct and Vice Precinct Committee people from Delaware and Henry counties will be allowed to vote in the straw poll.
Saturday February 25, 2012 Meet and Greet for Delaware County GOP candidates.
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Kennedy Library