The win by Greg Ballard over Bart Peterson to be the next Mayor of Indianapolis was a win for the taxpayers of Marion County. "Mayor-Elect Ballard's courageous stand in support of the repeal of property taxes was rewarded by the citizens of Indianapolis who went to the polls on November 6," Eric Miller, Founder of Advance America stated.
"The citizens of Indianapolis were devastated by massive property tax increases in 2007 and they did not want another temporary band-aid, they want property taxes repealed."
"I look forward to working with Mayor-Elect Ballard and the Senators and Representatives who support the Repeal of Property Taxes as the Indiana General Assembly gets underway later this month," Miller said.
As I pointed out on several occasions during the campaign, Miller and his religious right counterparts like Micah Clark and Curt Smith, were noticeably not doing anything to support the candidacy of Greg Ballard. They were nowhere to be seen at any of the tax protest rallies Ballard attended. I'm sure they were quite pleased Mayor Peterson had pledged $5 million of the $90 million income tax increase for faith-based initiatives. Their efforts were quite visible up in South Bend for Juan Manigault and Fort Wayne for Matt Kelty, both of whom were dealt crushing defeats by their Democratic opponents. See Republicans, you can win elections without the support of Miller, Clark and Smith, if you talk about bread and butter issues instead of bedroom politics. As a reminder, the three all head up not-for-profit organizations, which are not supposed to be engaged in partisan politics, not that it's ever gotten in their way.
I almost forgot. Miller did help at least one Marion County candidate with his "property tax message" this year. It was Councilor Sherron Franklin (D), and she also suffered a smashing defeat to her Republican opponent, Michael McQuillen.