We hope that today’s ”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?
Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you agree with Councilman Jonathan Weaver that the City of Evansville is having serious cash flow problems?
IS IT TRUE that City Council voted 8 to 1, passing a whopping $395 million budget for 2019? …that the 2019 budget is a 7% increase over this year’s budget? …that City Council give city employees a 2% raise for this coming year?…that Finance Chairman and Councilman Jonathan Weaver was the only member to vote against the 2019 budget, saying the current (2018) budget is already $13 million over budget so far this year? …for this, we give Mr. Weaver two (2) thumbs up for standing up for the taxpayers and voting against 2019 in its current form?
IS IT TRUE we also give two (2) thumbs down to the 8 members of City Council for voting on the 2019 budget in its current form? …we are told that many people are disappointed in City Council members G. John Hayden (R), CPA and Justin Elpers (R) for not taking a stronger stance against the 2019 City budget?
IS IT TRUE we can’t wait to read the State Board of Accounts financial audit that was just completed on the City of Evansville? …we expect the soon to be release SBOA audit could prove to be an embarrassment to the Mayor and the members of City Council who voted for the approval of the 2019 City budget?
IS IT TRUE that County Attorney, Joe Harrison, Barnes & Thornburg Attorney, Tom Pittman, and County Commissioner, Ben Shoulders appeared before Evansville City Council to ask for their approval of a Bond Ordinance within the “Burkhardt TIF” area in order to proceed with numerous road, bridge and trail projects? …that numerous community leaders, engineers, neighborhood associations, residents, taxpayers and “Trail Coalition” board members spoke out in favor of this project?
IS IT TRUE that the only opposing public comment about this project came from County Councilman, James Raben? …that County Councilman Raben called the “Burkhardt TIF District Trails Project” a waste of money and he also alleges that the entire Vanderburgh County Council, opposed this project? …that the Evansville City snubbed Mr. Raben’s request to reject this project and voted to pass this Ordinance 7-2?
IS IT TRUE that the two “NO” votes against the “Burkhardt TIF District Trails Project” were City Councilmen Justin Elpers (R) and G. John Hayden (R), CPA? …that the ‘Burkhardt TIF District Trails Project” focus is on roads, bridges, infrastructure, connectivity, quality of life and direct trails that will be the pathways to Deaconess Sports Park?
IS IT TRUE we are pleased that the Vanderburgh County Council forced the soon to retire Airport Manager Doug Joest to add back the three cut Safety Officers salaries into the 2019 Airport budget?
IS IT TRUE we have been told that the total number of Airport Safety Officers before the budget cut may have been 18? …the number of Safety Officers reported by the Airport Manager to the Vanderburgh County Council was 15? …if this is correct, could that the extra three (3) Safety Officials (Captains) have been listed as a different line item in the Airport budget?
IS IT TRUE we find it interesting that Mayor Winnecke sent a letter to the Vanderburgh County Council asking them to keep the three cut Safety Officers positions in the 2019 Airport budget? …since the Mayor appoints 3 of the 5 Airport board members he could have directed them to fix this problem themselves without going to County Council?
IS IT TRUE we also find it interesting why didn’t members of the Vanderburgh County Council didn’t take the Airport board to task for hiring the new Airport manager, Nate Hahn without advertising this position in a local or national publication?
IS IT TRUE that the official costs to relocate the LST 325 next to Tropicana is more than the $3.9 million projected by the Evansville City Council and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke earlier this year?
IS IT TRUE that the Port Authority Chairman Pat Wathen said LST relocation bids went over by $1 to $1.2 million? …that this project was originally estimated by city officials to cost around $3.9 million, with the city contributing nearly $2.8 million? … the other $1 million would come from other funding sources? …because of cost overruns, this project has to be rebid? …if the costs for this project can’t be reduced we wonder how the City will come up with the extra money to pay for it? …we consider this to be another developing story that the local mainstream media won’t follow-ups on?
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