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that the Highway Garage is not performing as it should or other monies become available, the wheel tax can be rescinded at any time.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 »