This morning’s paper (8/17/10) gives another excellent example of the wall. (Maybe we should start putting the word in caps - or at least in quotation marks!) The big question seems to be whether, or how much, police and fire department budgets should be cut.
In an article discussing an estimated drop in income tax revenues of $50 million and a shortfall of $32 million in property tax revenues for the coming year, there are quotations from the city controller, the public safety director, two City-County Council members, and various unnamed "officials" and "city leaders." Things are really looking bad.
We suspect, though, that - with the possible exception of the pubic safety director - all of the above named (or unnamed) were among the strong supporters of the $35 million giveaway to the local basketball team a few days ago. Those dollars are not mentioned.
Do they really expect us to believe that municipal fiscal disaster has reared its ugly head in just those few days? Did it really occur to nobody downtown that there just might be a more rational use of those 35 million taxpayer dollars?
We assume some might respond that the funds shoveled at sports franchises are dedicated and can not be used for other purposes. Quite correct. But they are dedicated by state legislative action because the so-called leaders of this city demand it be done that way.Well said, Fred.
We dare say that a bill in the legislature reversing the procedure, returning state tax revenues to the state and local taxes to the city for legitimate governmental expenses, would pass comfortably.
Probably the strongest opposition would come from the Indianapolis delegation.
With editorial help from the media, of course.