Monday, July 16, 2007
City-County Council Postpones Action On Tax Increase
The Administration and Finance Committee voted to postpone action on the proposed 65% increase in the county option income tax as proposed by Mayor Peterson tonight. I missed the earlier part of the meeting, but I was able to hear all the public testimony. Hats off to the dozens of citizens who provided testimony to the committee. If we only had people on our council like the folks who testified tonight, I don't think we would find our city in the mess it is today. The members of the committee should be ashamed at their complete failure to ask the tough questions before being offered this proposal. That was abundantly clear to the people in the audience and the people watching the live hearing on WCTY. It's a disgrace that you have three firefighters (Vern Brown, Lance Langsford and Monroe Gray) and a police officer (Lincoln Plowman) sitting on this critical committee getting to make decisions about their own budgets, salaries and pensions. And by the way, would someone tell the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to get a clue? It is a disgrace that this organization would testify in support of Mayor Peterson's tax increase. If you are member of the Indy Chamber, you may want to consider whether your membership dues are wisely spent.