Muncie is always in the news. If it’s not the Muncie Community Schools, it’s the City of Muncie. Necks are hurting from all the shaking of the heads or SMH for short.
Muncie is in a perpetual state of April Fool’s Day and the joke is on those living within the boundaries. We at Muncie Politics thought it would be fun and challenging to bring to remembrance some of the more funnier jokes.
- 2012 Muncie’s tax levy was increased. The city controller blamed it on the previous administration for not considering insurance increases. Seems they forgot Muncie City Council did not approve the ’12 budget. On a side note: the tax levy has increased every year since ….go figure.
- Consider a private pool located in Mayor Tyler’s neighborhood and his family frequents receiving $10,000 city tax dollars for repairs while the city pool operates at a $96,000 deficit.
- The previous mayor, McShurley, promised enough money was available to fund public safety and she left the city with over $8 million in funds to support her claim. Mayor Tyler assured us that he also had enough money for public safety. But, in 2015 he passed LOIT and an income tax increase in a mere 14 days. (43% increase)
- Mayor Tyler promised living wage jobs but it appears the only person seeing an income increase was his building commissioner. I mean, how many people get paid for work never performed? It’s a good gig if you’re inclined to pick the pockets of taxpayers.
- In 2016 the Mayor encouraged his street superintendent to run for county commissioner. Meanwhile, they were attempting to get paving funds yanked from the county. The State of Indiana said no, it was a minor error which the State did not catch in the approval process. The State would not punish the county. Funny how Mayor Tyler can sniff out a county issue while his administration is hosting FBI agents investigating city corruption.
- The State of Indiana awarded the City of Muncie $4 million for demolitions of blighted property. It took the city a few years to get started and Mayor blamed the late start on the State. Never mind other communities were ahead of the game. If they were making headway with the funds, why is Muncie so far behind?
- The City of Muncie approved to forgive $10,000 in delinquent property taxes for a community garden. I don’t know if the State said yes because there has been no follow-up and no community garden, either. Considering the land housed an old factory…was polluted anyway.
- Of course, who could forget the Muncie Redevelopment Director, Todd Donati, asking for a tax reduction on his personal condo claiming it was economic development. City Council voted no, but Donati vowed to return with his request when people were more “open” to the idea.
- Muncie has also ventured into the real estate business. Putting out a request to bid on a privately owned downtown building throwing in a city-owned parking lot. The requirements were stringent and no bidders came forth. So, the city is planning on “loaning” over $7 million to the owners.
- After Mayor Tyler won, he said both the county and the city was controlled by one party and there would be no excuses. However, there are excuses. If it’s not the State of Indiana it’s the previous mayor’s fault…oh well.
It’s been a perpetual April Fools Day since January 1st, 2012, and the joke is on us.
Just three reasons in three days why Delaware County has such a bad reputation.
In this article, the Mayor of Muncie has his superintendent report on a grant error. The mayor goes on to lie about it. Why would a candidate running for county commissioner, Duke Campbell, try to remove grant funding for a county he was looking to serve? He was told to do it, that’s why. Will he serve at the pleasure of the mayor or the pleasure of the people? A political stunt with the potential to backfire.
A day or so earlier, this article appeared about the voter registrations investigated by the Indiana State police. I mean, 25% of the registrations were improper and it is considered a “small” amount. Does anyone care about the integrity of our elections.
In the third article, we find the city’s building commissioner is citing the GOP for campaign signs on their property. Which depending on how you read State law it could be a violation. However, the building commissioner, Craig Nichols, currently under investigation by the FBI, has been in this position for eight election cycles and never thought to violate the GOP until a few days ago.
Closing thoughts, can we just get through one local election without the very appearance of impropriety?
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“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”
― Ronald Reagan
Been on sabbatical, enjoying some much needed free time. Taking a break on writing political prose. Like most of us, I get fed up from time to time, yet still maintain the eye on what’s happening. After the dismal 2014 local primary, and considering the outcome and events leading up to the primary, sometimes think you may be spinning your wheels. After all, you can lead a horse to water, but sure can’t make the horse drink it. Feeling disenchanted can actually work to the good of your soul.
~See you all soon~