IS IT TRUE NOVEMBER 3, 2017

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We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke “honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”

IS IT TRUE that something that the City County Observer advocated for many years ago has finally come to be?…Evansville is going to get a new state of the art dog park and not one dime of public money is going to the dogs?…the new dog park fully paid for by the dog owners living in this area who choose to spend their own money will be adjacent to the soccer fields in the park on Vann Avenue that is between the Lloyd Expressway and Lincoln Avenue will be the site of the new pooch palace?…in the spirit of affection between man’s best friend and the Mayor’s office, the City of Evansville will be roughly $3 Million richer and the dog lovers will have the honor of paying their own way as opposed to having the taxpayer subsidize bowser’s recreational opportunities?

IS IT TRUE that a dog park paid by the users is how things are supposed to happen in a functioning society? …we hope this does not give Mayor Winnecke and the Evansville City Council the delusion that they have $3 Million to waste on some other nonsensical project?…we also hope that our elected officials  realize that good public policy practice by everyday day citizens has once again  saved them from themselves?

IS IT TRUE that the CCO also openly stated that a downtown hotel would happen without a subsidy when and if a medical school was becoming a reality?…as with the dog park, two hotels without the need for a handout have followed the medical school into downtown Evansville?…that is another $20 Million that the taxpayers of Evansville would have saved if we had a Mayor and Council with a shred of patience when it came to greasing an aspiring hotelier?…alas in the case of the Doubletree, the taxpayers saw that $20 Million plus go to waste unnecessarily?…we wonder who let those dogs out?…it must have been former Mayor Weinzapfel who boasted about how a Marriot would come to downtown Evansville without a subsidy if and only if a hockey arena was built?…that is turning out to be the gift that keeps on taking?…it takes about $9 Million per year that could have been used for some other useful purpose like sewers, water pipes, or road repairs?

IS IT TRUE that while we are on the subject of the City of Evansville borrowing money to build a downtown hockey rink, we noticed that buried in the fine print of President Trump’s proposed tax reform plan is a provision that will eliminate the tax free status of interest paid on municipal bonds issued for sports stadiums?…this is one provision of the proposed tax reform plan that the CCO heartily endorses as stadiums never perform up to expectations and allowing tax exempt debt to be utilized to fleece the taxpayers into building temples to sport was just wrong in the first place?…we wonder if this is going to apply to bonds that have already been issued?

IS IT TRUE that Henderson is about to see the K-Mart that has been there forever close as it was on a list of upcoming closures issued by the parent organization aka Sears and Roebucks?…the brick and mortar retail stores continue to get Amazoned on a regular basis?…some but not very many brick and mortar stores are finding new ways like making deals with towing companies to make up for the lost revenue?

IS IT TRUE that last night our first responders worked a scene of two shootings?  …its was reported that a suspect was reported to be fleeing the scene of the shootings? …it was also members of the EPD were holding another possible suspect at gunpoint?  …we are proud of our man and women in blue for help keeping our community safe from bad people?…the next time you see our first responders please give them a “thumbs up” for doing a great job in protecting us?

As of 9:40 p.m. AMR, police and fire units were still on scene.

At about 10:10 p.m., according to scanner traffic, the suspect vehicle was seen near Taylor Avenue turning onto Garvin Street. Police were working to locate the vehicle over the next two hours.

We will update as more details become available.

IS IT TRUE starting next week you will be able to read articles posted in the CCO articles written by Franklin College School of Journalism students about the current happenings at the State Capital? … articles that we will be publishing from the StatehouseFiles are; Courts and Crime, Drug Epidemic, Education, Environment, Health, immigration, Jobs-Economy and Labor, Local Government, Poverty, Roads and Construction, Social Issues, Taxes and Budgets, Technology, Commentary, Videos, Elections and News from Across Indiana? …we would like to thank long time supporter and friend Joe Wallace for stating that “this is a big win for the CCO. Congratulations on making this deal. This is a game changer”?  …it look like Mr. Wallace understands that The StatehouseFile and the City COUNTY OBSERVER partnership agreement really is a big deal?

Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that the partnership agreement between the STATEHOUSEFILE and the City COUNTY OBSERVER is really a big deal?
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6 COMMENTS

  1. All kinds of people in here, that Sharpie guy, the Presskey guy who never met a double standard he didn’t pathetically embrace and this Joe Biden guy, all of them agree with the CCO that today’s column when it says “paid by the users is how things are supposed to happen in a functioning society? …we hope this does not give Mayor Winnecke and the Evansville City Council the delusion that they have $3 Million to waste….and we also hope that our elected officials realize that good public policy practice by everyday day citizens has once again saved them from themselves?”

    Yet every damn one of Trump’s urban developments, every one of them, are funded through government funded public subsidies. And Trump spews this nonsense that this government public subsidy is what he wants across America.
    The FoxConn deal in Wisconsin? That Trump takes credit for?
    Massive government subsidy funding, NO different than all of this griping about Winnecke and the City Council being delusional and doing the same thing.
    Its hypocritical. And yes, its delusional for the these boys in here to cheer on Trump when he does it but holler, bitch and whine at Winencke and City Council when they do.

    • Mr. Adler,

      I do not doubt your claim of Trump’s subsidies in his projects . . .why would he not play by the rules that everybody else plays. When we discovered that sometime back in 2005, he had Net Operating Losses of 950 million as reported . . .of course he took advantage of the tax code and depreciated those real estate holdings. Hilliary criticized him for not paying taxes, but, when she was the Senator from NY, she did nothing about reforming the Code, to stop these breaks . . .but, why would Trump not play by the rules Congress laid out?

      Likewise, cities and towns are competing for business development and the jobs and property taxes that goes with it. And with that, those cities and towns, just like Evansville seems to give it away to achieve. Maybe State Legislatures should consider changing the law that would not allow for these sort of giveaways . . .of course, if Indiana did this, be assured that other States probably would not reciprocate . . .

  2. Wall Street will not allow existing muni bonds to lose their tax free status, less we see disaster in the bond markets. When we hear that the alternative Minimum Tax will be eliminated, the politicians know that the average citizen knows nothing about how the Alt Min works, i.e. once the ordinary taxable income is determined, the Alt Min requires another computation, i.e. the taxpayer must add back to the ordinary taxable income deductions for state and local taxes. so, if state and local tax deductions are eliminated, instead of the ordinary taxable income, wouldn’t it be that ordinary taxable income is now Alt Min Taxable Income???

  3. Mr. Adler,

    I do not doubt your claim of Trump’s subsidies in his projects . . .why would he not play by the rules that everybody else plays. When we discovered that sometime back in 2005, he had Net Operating Losses of 950 million as reported . . .of course he took advantage of the tax code and depreciated those real estate holdings. Hilliary criticized him for not paying taxes, but, when she was the Senator from NY, she did nothing about reforming the Code, to stop these breaks . . .but, why would Trump not play by the rules Congress laid out?

    Likewise, cities and towns are competing for business development and the jobs and property taxes that goes with it. And with that, those cities and towns, just like Evansville seems to give it away to achieve. Maybe State Legislatures should consider changing the law that would not allow for these sort of giveaways . . .of course, if Indiana did this, be assured that other States probably would not reciprocate . . .

  4. The addition of the state capital articles are indeed a ‘good get’. Kudos to the CCO whose readers will soon have yet another source of information available to them.

    • DELTA

      Thanks for the kind words. We totally agree with your comments. It took may years for us to get this partnership agreement with the fine folks at StatehouseFiles. Our readers are going to be really be pleased about information about State government coming their way.

      Thanks for your support and the pointed comments that you post every now and them in the CCO

      Editor

      Thanks

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