Friday, September 05, 2008
Promises Made, Promises Broken
Last year, Mayor Bart Peterson and the Democratic-controlled council said we needed a $90 million, 65% increase in the county option income tax to fund 100 more police officers on the street and to meet the city's unfunded public safety pension obligations. This year, the state picked up the pension obligation, removing approximately $1 billion in debt from the city's books to the state's. The Ballard administration claims the Peterson budget did not properly account for unavoidable costs in this year's budget. That means none of the 100 new police officers promised will be hired, even with the huge pension debt obligation being lifted. Mayor Ballard and the GOP council members opposed last year's income tax increase. Ballard and the Republicans now have no intention of rolling back the income tax increase they opposed at least in the near term, blaming the legislature's decision to cap property taxes. Meanwhile, Marion County taxpayers will continue their migration into the surrounding counties to escape the higher taxes, out of control crime and poor schools. Do you see how it works folks? It's been less than a year since the $90 million tax increase was approved. Much of the money derived from that increase is not being devoted to the purposes for which we were told it would be used by the Democrats. More politics as usual.