Friday, September 18, 2009
Is The City Of Indianapolis Foregoing Millions In Revenues To Help An Insider's Client?
Fellow blogger Paul Ogden raises some serious questions about the motive behind the Ballard administration's efforts to eliminate the job of Telecom and Video Services Agency Director Rick Maultra. He suggests it's a battle over whether the City should be collecting right-of-way fees from utilities which provide video services as provided by state law. Ogden claims the City is effectively foregoing as much as $10 million in revenues it could be collecting from utilities. The City argues the fees would simply be passed on to consumers if it is collected. Ogden disputes that claim. Regardless, we're talking about more than chump change here. In tough times, every dollar of revenue adds up. City-County Councilors should be asking questions of the administration, which hasn't hesitated to raise other fees that fall directly on Indianapolis residents. Are utilities like AT&T getting special treatment from the City as Ogden suggests because a political insider's law firm represents the giant utility? And if so, why?