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2018 – almost over

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We’re halfway thru the holidays and almost finished with 2018.    It’s been a year!  Of course, we often say “It’s been a year” no matter what year it is.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 4.36.56 PMIn 2018 Mayor Tyler’s dream was to have his very own EMS.  In 2018 he is canceling the 911 contract.   And in 2018 we’re seeing his 43% income tax did add new revenue to the city coffers.  However,  even with his increased taxes, Mayor Tyler simply outspent more than he took in.   Is it possible Muncie City simply can not afford 911?   Nor can we afford his EMS.  We simply can not afford a corrupt government system with Tyler at the helm.  Let’s just say, no Democrat supported by Dem Headquarters will be fit to serve as mayor.  Party before people, then, now and forever.

You all were warned about the future prospect of having Dennis Tyler as mayor.  Looky, it’s all come to pass.  No one was clairvoyant, instead, we simply looked at his history.

Mayor Sharon McShurley or Dennis Tyler?

So, that being said, let’s move on to the jail issue.

Both the City of Muncie and Delaware County is facing the new jail project.  The County is looking at borrowing $45 million to upgrade the former Wilson School.  We certainly need all the facts, no doubt about it.  Not just costs, but alternatives.    No one has full disclosure on the project so at this point it is simply opinions based on incomplete information.

Conjecture.

The Delaware County Commissioners held a public hearing.  In addition, a public forum at the Cornerstone and neither netted much additional information.   The public hearing and the public forum both within days of each other had nearly the same attendance.  No one walked away with new information at either one.

While the residents of the county are facing millions of dollars for the new jail project, the city taxpayers will be footing that bill along with the debt the city has amassed over the past six years.

A critic of the jail, Jason Donati, quoted the cost will be $92 million (the next 25 years).  Add to this figure the debt of Muncie’s $66 million (for the remaining 21 years-if the city doesn’t take on any more debt) and we will be bearing a whopping $158 million in debt.  For the jail and for the Mayor’s spending.    To put it in perspective.  City taxpayers will be paying for Muncie debt and the jail.  Whereas the county will only be liable for the jail debt.  But if Muncie can’t afford the 911 contract, the county will need to pick that up or decrease services.

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Can you say…problem?  Todd Donati, Muncie Redevelopment director weighed in, too.    He cited property tax back-up for jail.  “I might add that for the lease to be effective for that long, the developer is asking for a property tax back up on the funds. This would change the perception as to whether this could effect property taxes.”

Source: Star Press comments 12-12-18 Opinion

You would be hard-pressed to disagree with Todd Donati except for the fact, property taxes have never bothered him in the past.  Not as a county council member, a county commissioner or the city’s redevelopment director.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF), especially in this county, is a thorn in our sides.    When an area is designated a TIF district any additional property taxes gets dumped into a fund to be spent with very little oversight and often not even in the specific TIF district.  A few years ago, MRC combined the TIF districts into one pool of money.  But, enough about TIF.  It is for another time.

Todd’s favorite line: “It won’t cost the taxpayers a dime”.  You know it will.  All revenue comes from some form of tax paid by the citizens.  Period.

UnitTotalDebt TIF 8-13-18

In closing, before one can have a public forum, they must have something to “forum” on.  In other words, we need concrete information.  Otherwise, we’ll waste our time hearing what we already know.

Source: Muncie Star Press 12-11-18

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Saturday Ramblings: If the election were today…

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O.K. So what if the election were held today.   If you feel so inclined, cast your vote.  Or not.   Please remember this is not an actual vote, it is only an exercise or a poll, as it were.  If we have the time, we may add the other races.  Have fun!  Leave a comment if you feel so inclined.

 

Missing Larry Riley

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As we get closer to the November elections we are beginning to see the 214 Democrats hard at work.  

Earlier Muncie Politics wrote about the unintentional candidate for a position as a Democrat precinct committee member.  Although, no elected officials, not the County Clerk Mike King or the County Prosecutor Jeff Arnold and neither of the political party chairs felt the need to pursue how the unintentional candidate was able to beat the intentional candidate.  Score 1 for the local Democrat Headquarters.  How to unintentionally win a race

Next on the list is the swinging door for the commissioner’s race.  Phill Peckingpaugh withdrew early on – citing health issues.  The seat for commissioner remained unfilled for several months until Brock Reagan stepped up to run.   A few weeks later Reagan dropped from the race.  He cited lack of time and money. providing an opening for the third time in the commissioner’s race.

As luck would have it, the Democrats immediately found a replacement in Jason Donati,  MSD Stormwater educator, and MCS advisory board member.  Jason was nominated by Mayor Tyler for the new school board but wasn’t chosen.

Asked if he had another candidate to fill the commissioner vacancy on the fall ballot, Craycraft said, “They’re talking to some people.”  Candidate resigns another files

Wonder if “they” talked with Dave Ring?  He ran as a Democrat, albeit, an outsider.  Now Ring is running as an independent for commissioner.    

Here is the timeline of the commissioner’s race:

  1. Phil Peckinpaugh files and drops out.
  2. The position sits vacant for several months.
  3. Brock Reagan drops from the recorder’s race and runs as commissioner.
  4. Jason Donati is not appointed to the MCS school board.
  5. Reagan quickly resigns from the race.
  6. Dave Ring files as an independent.
  7. Democrats immediately pick Donati.

Let’s go back to 2012.  Todd Donati lost his bid for a second term as commissioner.  A few weeks later, Muncie Redevelopment director retires unexpectedly after 20 years.  As luck would have it Mayor Tyler appoints the former commissioner and longtime friend, Todd Donati to the position recently vacated…as luck would have it.

So why the blog title Missing Larry Riley?  We lack solid political commentary in this county.  No one gets to the meat of an issue.  Perhaps there is no need.  We all know what’s what in Delaware County politics.  Here is an example:

Yet we’re facing stranger times. Once Dennis Tyler took over the Muncie mayor’s office in 2012, and then saw no Republican opposition in his re-election, the floodgates opened up for people running Democratic Party Headquarters. Nothing stopped Democratic HQ from using reins of Muncie government for its own purposes, including to line pockets.
That’s what the FBI has been investigating since late in 2015, and resulted so far in one arrest, that of the Mayor’s building commissioner, the son of the man in the seat of power in Democratic Headquarters. That FBI investigation remains ongoing in Muncie, recently heating up.
I’ve always liked Dudley, and he’s always been cordial and willing to talk with me. But joining your star to that particular Headquarters, a corrupt party and city administration, is treacherous. Larry Riley May 1, 2018

The only way Delaware County is ever going to advance beyond the corruption, poverty, absence of fruitful economic development, and 214 political appointments is to vote NO! to anyone who is affiliated with the 214 mainstream Democrats.

  #No!to214Dems