IS IT TRUE APRIL 15, 2016

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IS IT TRUE  one of our bloggers  Pressanykey posted this comment yesterday that we felt worthily of reposting?  …attached is Preesanykeys  post?

NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS OF PROPOSED ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS

Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Indiana, that the Common Council of Evansville in Room 301, Civic Center Complex, on the 25th day of April, 2016, at 5:25 PM, will conduct a public on additional appropriations in excess of the budget for the current year.

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General fund…………………………………………….. $750,000.

Local Roads & Streets Fund………………………….$500,000.

Local Option Income Tax Fund………………………$500,000.

Riverboat Fund…………………………………………..$750,000.

Parks & Recreation Fund………………………………$200,000.

TOTAL…………………………………………………….$2,750,000.

IS IT TRUE this is how it is done nowadays at the Civic Center, low ball the original budget so you look good at the time you roll it out for the public, then make up the real difference during the taxable year using additional appropriations.  …the Mayor and his Controller thinks the public is not smart enough to catch on, right?  …the answer is “wrong”?  …we get it?  all we can say is  the City of Evansville is facing a major deficit spending challenge?  …the its obvious that the City of Evansville 2016 Budget predictions are way off track?  …we miss fiscal conservative watchdog Councilman John Friend CPA?

IS IT TRUE we wonder why a former City employee (Zoo Director) Dan McGinn was selected to be Chairman of the City Council Finance committee?  …we wonder why Council President Missy Mosby didn’t select Anne Hargis CPA to Chair that committee?

IS IT TRUE that Cheryl Musgrave has just been endorsed for County Commissioner by the Farm Bureau and Southern Indiana Builders Association despite Alex Schmitt’s endorsements from Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Republican County Chairman Wayne Parke?  .. .Mayor Winnecke and Vanderburgh County  GOP Chairmen Wayne Parke have risked a big chunk of their political gravitas on the young candidate with the questionable resume that lacks fiscal responsibility?

IS IT TRUE that  people living in the rural area are upset that members of the Vanderburgh County Commission weren’t included in the planning of the $42 million dollar Regional Cities Initiative Grant project?  …they are extremely upset that they didn’t get one red cent from this State grant?

IS IT TRUE we are watching to see if the Winnecke-Parke political machine  are able to “roll” across the City Limits and into Vanderburgh County to get the needed votes to elect Alex Schmitt to the County Commission?…it’s predicted when Mr. Schmitt hits the county line he stands to meet the same fate at the hands of the County voters that former Commissioner Marsha Abel met two years ago? …if that happens Mayor Winnecke’s credibility as a possible candidate for higher office will suffer?

IS IT TRUE the race for District 77 State Representative is turning into a real political barn burner?  …all eyes will be on  the Center City to see if the political movers and shakers of that area  will get people to come out to vote in the coming Democratic  primary?

IS IT TRUE that neither City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn  and City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr will offer any explanation for the excess appropriations and related expenses?  … don’t expect  them to give us monthly explanations how much money is in each account during the 2016 budget cycle?

IS IT TRUE we hear from reliable sources that  City Controller Russell- Lloyd Jr received a pre-paid advancement of $12 million from Tropicana Casino in December  2015 and dumped  this money into the cities ailing General Fund?   …we wonder why the local corporate media didn’t report this?

FOOTNOTE:  Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel members of the Vanderburgh County Commission should had been included in the planning of the Regional Cities Initiative Grant project?

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  1. FYI: Under Indiana Code 5-11-1-4, the Department of Local Government Finance may approve the annual budgets or additional appropriation requests for a political subdivision only if it has electronically filed with the State Board of Accounts the Annual Financial Report and the Annual Personnel Report according to Indiana Code 5-11-1-4 and Indiana Code 5-11-13-1.

  2. “IS IT TRUE the race for District 77 State Representative is turning into a real political barn burner? …all eyes will be on the Center City to see if the political movers and shakers of that area will get people to come out to vote in the coming Democratic primary?”

    I know the local movers and shakers in the Center City are not to be underestimated, but I think the impressive grassroots work and compelling story of Lori Sherman is opening a lot of eyes in this election.

  3. Tropicana Entertainment Announces Plans for Multi-Million Dollar Land Based Gaming Development at Tropicana Evansville

    Evansville, IN (November 24, 2015) Tropicana Entertainment Inc. (“Tropicana”) announced today its plans for a land based casino development project at its Tropicana Evansville, Indiana property. The development project envisions an approximately 75,000 sq. ft. single-level casino and entertainment facility, at an estimated cost of approximately fifty million ($50,000,000.00) dollars. The new casino would be situated on land owned by Tropicana between its existing hotels, Tropicana Evansville Hotel and the LeMerigot Hotel, and would replace Tropicana’s current riverboat casino.

    In conjunction with the announcement of the development project, the City of Evansville and Tropicana have entered into a non-binding letter of intent (“LOI”) that outlines the scope of the project and proposed lease amendments to the lease agreement (the “Lease”) between Tropicana Evansville and the City of Evansville Redevelopment Commission (“Evansville Redevelopment Commission”) to accomplish the development of Tropicana Evansville. The principal terms of the LOI provide that in exchange for the $50 Million development project and an aggregate $25 Million pre-payment of rent to the City of Evansville, upon completion of the project Tropicana Evansville would receive $20 Million in development credits in the form of Lease rent credits, and the Tropicana Evansville Lease options would be extended for an additional 15 years through December 31, 2055. Upon completion of the land-based facility, Tropicana Evansville would remove its existing gaming vessel and contribute $1 Million toward the City of Evansville’s plan to relocate an historic LST 325 World War II vessel to the dockside location of the current Tropicana gaming vessel.

    Subject to timely finalization of a Lease amendment with the Evansville Redevelopment Commission and receipt of regulatory approvals and permits, including approval by the Indiana Gaming Commission, Tropicana anticipates groundbreaking to take place in the first quarter of 2016, with an expected 18 to 24-month construction period.

    This major proposed investment by Tropicana follows amendments to Indiana law earlier this year that permit Indiana riverboat casinos to move landside, subject to certain limitations, and demonstrates Tropicana’s continued commitment to its employees, casino customers and the Evansville, Indiana community.

    “Today’s announcement will further galvanize economic development in downtown Evansville and is the first step toward reshaping our riverfront, bringing more options for entertainment while connecting to our city’s historical past,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “The City of Evansville has long enjoyed a strong partnership with Tropicana Entertainment, and this new multi-million dollar investment seals the deal that our partnership will continue in the future.”

    “We would like to thank Mayor Winnecke and the City of Evansville for working with us on this major development project that we believe would benefit Tropicana and the Evansville community for years to come. This is a substantial investment for Tropicana and demonstrates our commitment to the continued growth and development of Evansville and the surrounding region,” said Tony Rodio, Tropicana’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

    “Tropicana Evansville is committed to providing exciting new gaming product and entertainment experiences for all of our customers. The new land-based, multi-purpose casino and entertainment facility would offer easy access from our two existing hotels and parking garage and bring about an enhanced experience for our guests with new gaming, food and beverage options, and more”, said Rodio.

    About Tropicana Entertainment

    Tropicana Entertainment Inc. (OTCQB: TCPA) is a publicly traded company that, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates eight casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and Aruba. Tropicana properties collectively have approximately 7,166 employees, 5,525 rooms, 8,035 slot positions and 304 table games. The company is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tropicana is a majority-owned subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises, L.P. (NASDAQ: IEP). To learn more about Tropicana, visit http://www.Tropicanacasinos.com.

    About Tropicana Evansville

    Tropicana Evansville is a casino, hotel and entertainment facility situated on the Ohio river in Evansville, Indiana that includes a 2,700 passenger riverboat casino, a 250 room hotel, a 96 room boutique hotel, an executive conference center, a 1,660 vehicle parking garage and Riverfront Pavilion housing pre-boarding facilities, retail shops, restaurants and lounge area.

    Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” including statements about Tropicana’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions. Such statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the scope the company’s planned Tropicana Evansville development project, its ability to proceed with and complete the development project, the scope of the non-binding letter of intent, the company’s ability to obtain regulatory and other approvals and permits necessary to proceed with the development and to negotiate and execute a definitive agreement with respect to the development project, the ability of Tropicana to finance the development project and the anticipated benefits of the development project. Such forward-looking statements represent Tropicana’s estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release, and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks related to the company’s ability to obtain necessary agreements with the City of Evansville and its political subdivisions in order to proceed with the development, risks related to receipt of required regulatory approvals and permits in order to commence and complete construction within planned timeframes, if at all, risks generally associated with large construction and development projects including environmental, weather interruptions and labor disputes, and risks relating to designing and developing the planned Tropicana Evansville project within estimated budgets. Moreover, Tropicana’s business, including its planned Tropicana Evansville development project, may be adversely affected by other economic, business, regulatory and/or competitive factors. Other factors that could adversely affect the company’s business and prospects are described in Tropicana’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    • ” The principal terms of the LOI provide that in exchange for the $50 Million development project and an aggregate $25 Million pre-payment of rent to the City of Evansville, upon completion of the project Tropicana Evansville would receive $20 Million in development credits in the form of Lease rent credits, and the Tropicana Evansville Lease options would be extended for an additional 15 years through December 31, 2055. Upon completion of the land-based facility, Tropicana Evansville would remove its existing gaming vessel and contribute $1 Million toward the City of Evansville’s plan to relocate an historic LST 325 World War II vessel to the dockside location of the current Tropicana gaming vessel.”

      • Pressanykey excellent, info/laden post……(and a funny link. In fact, I saved the form…!)
        I am old school, and I can’t stand gambling, including legal gambling as a business in Evansville. Notwithstanding, I also acknowledge, $50,000,000 is a lot of continued development in downtown Evansville. There are even strategic benefits (aside from the economic and further development momentum it creates)….clearing the riverfront of the boat for more pedestrian friendly access is fantastic. There are gonna be the usual comments here from people complaining that other people are making money…and that makes some people resentful…but big picture, it is better news for the City.

    • Not listed on VCSO web site and I see no charges filed ever on her except for an improperly displayed license plate a few years ago. That was just searching by name so no guarantee it’s the same person.

    • I can absolutely confirm that the story about Lori being in jail is an out and out malicious lie. She has been knocking on doors EVERY DAY, and that is hard to do if you’re in jail. I suspect you just made that up at the behest of Ryan Hatfield.

      • I know Ryan. He’s a great guy. That BS about Sherman wouldn’t have came from him. What makes you think that about him?

    • Lori is a practicing attorney in good standing. She recently left her employment as a Child Advocate for CPS and joined a private sector law firm. If she was in jail, it was to visit a client. You may be mixed up because her mother was in jail when Lori was growing up. This might straighten out your confusion:
      http://lorisherman31-8-9.com/

    • Sorry folks. Apparently not true. May the best person win. Also, didn’t know fergy was a laborer I may vote for him, I love a good worker

      • ……whew! Jim Beel. I think it is clear your mistaken posts earlier were not mistaken at all. In fact, your comments were clearly premeditated, and worse…..you are clearly copping to it. Flea on a snake. Pretty bad.

        • Nope, just heard some things at the coffee shop. No ill will here. Spending the evening learning about the candidates. Like Fergusons a worker, also like how impressive hatfield and Lori are.

          • Too thin Jim Beel. Too thin. Still trying to varnish this are you?
            “…just heard some things at the coffee shop”….”and felt compelled to write out some lies, well, cause I wanted to, and I think I was justified in writing a lie. And I think I am justified, in, you know, denying it was a lie, and lying that I didn’t know it was a lie.”

          • Nope, you made it up on purpose and it’s probably libelous. Wouldn’t surprise me if you heard something about it down the line. Your cheap ass attempts you clean up your crime with inane questions and a feigned political inquisitiveness don’t fool anyone.

  4. Hatfield was a key operative in the Riecken campaign last year. The newspaper column with the fabricated Russ Lloyd quotes probably came from him, along with the brilliant observation that the Downtown hotel will be “blight.” You can speculate that both Sherman and Ferguson are doing well or the Hatfuls wouldn’t be coming out with with the mud at this point. Don’t forget Hatfield works for a Republican prosecutor as well. Has his boss endorsed him?

    • I’m about to call Hatfield out on his Facebook page. I doubt there’s any truth in the Ferguson story, and the Lori story is just plain bigoted viciousness at it’s ugliest.

  5. Hatfield’s website has a photo of him with a woman and two young children. You can assume that is his family, but they are not identified.

    • I know all he had during Gail’s campaign was a girlfriend, or at least he talked about her, but never a wife or children. His girlfriend is who accompanied him to file for office, too.

    • Hatfield is a second-generation attorney who works in the Prosecutor’s office, which means he is employed by the taxpayers. Ferguson is a pipefitter who is going to school for an engineering degree. Lori Sherman has worked to make it through law school. After passing the bar exam, she became a Child Advocacy Attorney for Child Protective Services. She was a public employee and decided she could better serve the interests of kids like she was as an elected representative, so she resigned her State position. There will be an announcement soon about the law firm she will be joining.

  6. Just a note on the GOP side of the District 64 race. While Washburne is a clone of the discriminatory and divisive Gov. Pence, you have to remember that Ann Ennis was a key advocate and activist in the expensive city-county consolidation battle. She worked tirelessly for the Winnecke pro-consolidation forces in an effort to make him the first mayor of Vanderburgh County. Just remember that while she trumpets education issues as her main platform plank, there is more in her history. But Washburne is owned by ONB and he might make Pence seem tolerant by comparison.

  7. Any other time I’d be for Lori Sherman but we need a labor guy in office we don’t have any now. Maybe she can run for other office next time. Ferguson is my choice there

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