If you are a Marion County taxpayer, you might feel that you are getting a bit ripped off this year.
Consider for a moment what you have received in return for your tax dollars in 2007.
Gov. Mitch Daniels said it best when he pointed to a "clear failure" on the part of local assessors charged with determining the tax value of Marion County business property. . .
Think about it: Many assessors dared to turn in half-finished work even though they knew their inadequate job performance meant homeowners would get socked. It's hard to remember the last time we saw such an utter failure on the part of local government.
Oh, wait. I just remembered the last time. Which brings me to my second category. . .
Not long ago, before we started spending every waking minute thinking about property taxes, there was an election disaster in Marion County. I'm sure you remember primary day: Polls didn't open. Voters couldn't vote. Democracy stalled
for a day. Like the assessors, Marion County Clerk Beth White was unable to provide a basic government service -- in this case, an election. . .
Finally, let's turn to our local schools to complete the trifecta of government dysfunction.
This spring, a Star reporter learned Indianapolis Public Schools had left private and sensitive information about students available to anyone with Internet access. When it comes to safeguarding privacy, we'll give IPS an F.
Then this week, we learn IPS may have to return hundreds of thousands of dollars to the state because middle school students spent only 177 days in school last year -- three days short of the state requirement. For goodness sakes, would someone buy IPS a calculator?
I mentioned to Mayor Bart Peterson the other day that this has been a bad year for Indianapolis government. He suggested I was cherry-picking the negative news and argued that there has been plenty of good news to counter the bad. . .
Marion County taxpayers pay plenty. But all we're getting in return is one bungled service after another.
Anyone think it's time for a change in our city's leadership?