Muncie City Council

Wilson school 4-Sale and other stuff

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Discernment is woefully lacking. We prefer having our ears tickled and being told what we want to hear. Anything outside of this is considered evil. We don’t dare examine the past and be on the alert for warning signs.

You know, we sold the best school for pennies on the dollar. It was suspect from the beginning when the request for bid was written so only one company could bid. It would have been to MCS advantage to have competitive bidding. Who at MCS was overseeing this sale and what was told to the board?

Today, that building is up for sale and several people have lost their jobs. Donati washes his hands “We didn’t give them a tax abatement.” Yes, but he authored the sale.

So, when the mayor and city council show up with concern on their faces, you might want to ask why the MRC did not write the bid specifications to allow for competitive bidding? Oh, Mayor Tyler just appointed Donati, he doesn’t manage the MRC. Right.

This is akin to the Craig Nichols receiving bid work  Or VAT which cost us a cool million or two.

Wilson Middle School up for sale

The MRC had to open up the bidding for the Wilson property to anyone, but the requirements were narrowly written to make it most likely that ASONS would be the only bidder.

During Thursday’s MRC building, the only bid was opened and it was from ASONS

Source: Former Wilson school changing hans Muncie Star Press May 7, 2015

Wilson Middle School sold (2015)

 

 

 

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

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Muncie City Seal copy

 

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?

Click below.

Muncie Bond Debt 12-31-16

SPECIAL HEARING!

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Muncie’s City Council is holding a “SPECIAL HEARING” on their proposed rental property registration ordinance this coming Monday evening, December 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Muncie City Hall auditorium!!!
ALL City of Muncie investment property owners and renters will be subject to this new ordinance whereas the City of Muncie will force properties to be registered and subject to inspection! (see the attached ordinance)
There is already ordinances, the Delaware County Building Commissioner and the Delaware County Health Department established to protect citizens from unhealthy conditions and substandard housing. This new legislation is nothing more than to create more bureaucracy, new revenues through additional fees and expand local government that already can’t pay it’s own way or enforce the existing ordinances already on the books.
Be there if you want to be heard!

Attention: Landlords and Muncie

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The City of Muncie is toying with a registry for rental properties.  Currently, they are looking at a $5.00 fee.  How long do you think it will stay at $5.00?

The ordinance is being introduced on Monday (12-5) at Muncie City Hall – 7:30 PM.

Meanwhile, the citizens of the city paying the attorney fees for a lawsuit against several city employees, under an FBI investigation and has lost or is losing two State grants.

Just last year the Mayor and City Council passed a 43% income tax in 14 days.  The director of Muncie Redevelopment Commission tried to get an ordinance introduced and passed to give his condo property a tax abatement.

And get this…the Mayor is upset with a company who managed the city pool because the business owner is not providing the city with the company’s financials.  The city is on the hook for $96,000.00.  Under normal circumstances, you would consider this good government.  Watching out for tax dollars, right?  Except it is not the case for this administration.

This has been the murkiest and crony oriented government this city has ever seen.

City of Muncie proposes rental registry

 

 

 

 

TIF finances for Delaware County

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Michael Hicks brings to us another Tale of TIF Districts.  In case you missed it…

Michael Hicks: A tale of TIF, consultants and cleats

The required report has been submitted to the State of Indiana for the year 2015.  If you’re interested in looking at the financials of TIF districts in Delaware County have at it.delaware-county-tif-districts-2015 Just for the record, the TIF debt which is slated to be paid off in, oh, say, 25 or more years will more than likely never be retired.

You see, once the debt load is decreased, the borrowing begins again and TIF revenue is never returned to the taxing entities.  This includes schools, libraries, general fund, etc.

So what good is a TIF?  If managed properly TIF can be a plus for the community with infrastructure and an increase in businesses and jobs.  Paying off the districts, and in the case of Muncie, the return of tax dollars would be around $4 million today.

Considering Muncie had to pass an income tax just to make ends meet in 2015, doubt seriously Muncie will be able to pa the debt off early.  At least not while it continues to spend more than it takes in. No doubt, everyone involved in local TIF will be out of office the debt will be left for someone else to handle and the people left will be footing the bill.

Muncie 2017 Budget ~ public hearing

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mouse trap & money

Notice is hereby given to taxpayers of MUNCIE CIVIL CITY, Delaware County, Indiana that the proper officers of Muncie Civil City will conduct a public hearing on the year 2017 budget. Following this meeting, any ten or more taxpayers may object to a budget, tax rate, or tax levy by filing an objection petition with the proper officers of Muncie Civil City not more than seven days after the hearing. The objection petition must identify the provisions of the budget, tax rate, or tax levy to which taxpayers object. If a petition is filed, Muncie Civil City shall adopt with the budget a finding concerning the objections in the petition and testimony presented. Following the aforementioned hearing, the proper officers of Muncie Civil City will meet to adopt the following budget:

Muncie Budget 2017 (8-17-16)

 

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.