City officials said Thursday that car owners still will be able to retrieve their towed vehicles for $90 under a new contract with towing management company Auto Return.
What was left unsaid was that the $90 charge would last only one year.
During years two and three of the five-year contract, the cost of redeeming a car will increase to $110, Department of Code Enforcement Spokesman Adam Baker said Friday when asked for further details about the deal.
By the fourth and fifth year, prices will jump to $130, a 44 percent increase from the current price. The contract with California-based Auto Return begins July 1.
Baker said the new contract would be made public next month after the deal is finalized.Perhaps Rinehart's years of experience led him to ask a few more questions about the contract city officials have yet to make available to the public than the novice reporter for the Star. Anyone familiar with how the Ballard administration does business knows that it's initiating backdoor tax increases everywhere it can to recoup some of the taxpayer money the Mayor is passing out to his pay-to-play pals in consideration for their generous campaign contributions and other gifts to the Mayor and his family members.
Did anyone catch this recent report by Fox59 News' Russ McQuaid about the establishment of a nonprofit foundation, Indy Public Safety Foundation, by prominent local business leaders to raise money for public safety in Indianapolis? The foundation is being launched with the support of Public Safety Director Troy Riggs. This is extremely disturbing. Public safety should be funded solely with our tax dollars. If private business owners can funnel money to the police through a nonprofit foundation, it raises serious concerns that special favors will be provided in return for their private support of public safety. Our local income taxes were raised 65% in 2007 to support public safety. What the hell happened to that money? Why does their continue to be fewer and fewer dollars to support public safety? And don't blame property tax caps, which have absolutely nothing to do with how much money is available to fund Indianapolis' public safety needs.