Last night the long-awaited financial report was presented to the County Commissioners and the County Council. For a mere $25,000 we learned the county has money, we just need to move it from one fund to another. Take for example, the Highway Department. According to the Umbaugh report, the ending balance for this department is $2.8 million. Move some of it, all of it, or none of it into the Rainy Day Fund and from there use it to pay expenses from the general fund.
I am no CPA and I wouldn’t presume to tell them how to do this job, their findings ain’t nothing different from we have been sayin’. Of course, revenue from additional taxes and cuts in the budget go hand in hand with shuffling money.
The report also states a revenue stream for public safety of $2.5 million from an income tax called Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) can help ease the financial burden.
But, my question is simple, if the county is in good shape, we have the money, and all the report’s recommendations are followed, why would any additional taxes be needed?
So, without further ado, much has already been said, here is the link to the Muncie Star newspaper (available for seven days):
Heres the $25,000.00 report:
More will be forthcoming, for now let’s just chew on this.
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A few weeks ago, penning the lighter side of politics in an entry titled “Dis-FUNctional – Are we having fun in Delaware County or what!” outlined some of the fun things involved in a dis-FUNctional government. Thursday evening, I had the opportunity, like 79 other residents, to listen to candidates who want to be the next commissioners.
Most of the evening was centered around poverty and what could be done in Delaware County to combat the growing problem. Sherry Riggin, I believe best addressed the issue and was more familiar with Team Work for Quality Living. So, I learned something new about Sherry Riggin. James King grew up in poverty and at the age of 24 made a decision to break the cycle. Steve Fields, current Yorktown Council, and Mt. Pleasant Trustee for eight years, spoke on the increasing needs presented to him as the trustee. Todd Donati said he believed education was the key factor and cited Vision 2016 and Early Child Development (a key component in Muncie Action Plan). 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