IS IT TRUE August 19, 2013
IS IT TRUE the Courier and Press editor quoted County Commissioner Marsha Abell saying that the water and sewer rates shall rise only 36% and will costs the rate payers only $10 a month?…while this quote may be close to the truth for the next year the fact remains that sewer rates are set go up 76% over the next 3 years costing the average ratepayer more like an extra $35 per month?…this is just a small taste of what is coming when the bonds are issued to finally fix the sewers under order of the EPA?…when the minimum of $545 Million and possibly up to a Billion dollars is financed the monthly rates will increase by between $35 and $65 per month just to pay the interest on the debt?
IS IT TRUE that County Commissioner Marsha Abell has been all over the news lately expressing her support for the City of Evansville’s plan to give $37.5 Million plus an expensive parcel of land to HCW of Branson, Missouri as an incentive to build a hotel in downtown Evansville?…Commissioner Abell even seems to be on board with the idea that refinancing the Centre is the best way to get her paws onto a couple of million dollars to help our her former Commissioner and friend, Mayor Winnecke?…just a few years ago when Mayor Weinzapfel was in office and had presided over the demolition of the Executive Inn Commissioner Abell was not all smiles and hugs about the prospect of the County being asked to hand money to the City to help ameliorate the mess the City had made of the Centre’s convention business?…at that time Commissioner Abell and Commissioner Steve Melcher both were pretty outspoken that the City’s cavalier and unplanned action was the cause of the Centre’s demise and that it should be the responsibility of the City of Evansville to fix their own mess an make the County whole for the financial damages caused by the haphazard way the City conducted ITS project?…we wonder why a single letter change from D to R in the Mayor’s office caused Marsha Abell to flip flop the way she has on who hosed the pooch at the corner of MLK and Walnut?…we wonder if the Centre had been a private business just how large the damages from a lawsuit may have been due to the willful infliction of damages by the City of Evansville?
IS IT TRUE the government of Vanderburgh County is considering refinancing the Centre to hand money to an out of town developer because the City of Evansville messed up at a time they busted their budget by $2 Million and are considering layoffs and reductions in services?…this happens at a time that the City of Evansville is planning to add 16 full time positions in its Sewer and Water Department?…we are beginning to wonder what else will have to be sacrificed by the people of Evansville to squander taxpayer dollars on a facility that most Evansvillians will never see the inside of?…when it comes to Arenas, and places like the Centre there are never ever any private businesses that will invest in such things because they do not make money?…that is not the case for a hotel?…there are already close to 4,000 hotel rooms in greater Evansville that were all built without a government handout?…the same goes for restaurants, retail space, and apartments?…the City of Evansville by handing money to a for profit entity with local competitors is setting a very dangerous precedent?…we can bet the next entrepreneur that comes along will have their hand out to do anything at all in this jurisdiction?
IS IT TRUE the weekend brought several questions regarding the discrepancies between Mayor Winnecke’s words and the findings of the Hunden Study that he commissioned and paid $105,000 for?…the biggest but not only discrepancy is in the number of jobs that will be created by the new hotel?…the Mayor says 250 but the Hunden study says 41?…the Hunden Study backs their number up with a series of pro-formas that include itemized operating expenses that look quite accurate for typical hotel operations?…unless this gap can be explained and explained clearly the City Council should either postpone a vote or vote NO due to misrepresentation of the benefits to the people of Evansville as a result of this project?…we wonder if the Mayor can be off by over 500% on just the jobs at the hotel just how far off is everything else he has been saying about this project?