Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

July 16, 2013

The "misinformed" populace


Greensburg Daily News

---- — Dear Editor:

Poor Mayor Herbert!

He governs a populace who, once again, is “misinformed,” doesn’t know the real facts, and exaggerates the negative aspects of his pet projects.

Now the populace dares to object to raising the Cumulative Capital Development Fund Tax cap to the maximum five cents per hundred on property taxes.

In the article in the July 9 Daily News, the mayor says that this additional money “might” be used to pave roads but, as usual, he doesn’t say how the money will definitely be used. Mayor Herbert accuses taxpayers of exaggeration and being misinformed on facts, but he skirts the issue at hand by never stating the “facts” himself. He always promises that those “facts” will come out.

Mayor Herbert’s pet projects are the $32 million airport expansion based on outdated facts and studies from eleven years ago and revenue from SkyDive Greensburg, which left town over a year ago. His misinformed populace has continually objected to this project and voices the statistic that over 75 percent of these little airports fail and fall back on the local taxpayers to maintain. But Mayor Herbert continually cites free grant money and jobs, jobs, jobs as the panecia for this project.

More recently, Mayor Herbert wants to build “Veteran’s Parkway.” The project is unpopular with the landowners, doesn’t have full monetary support from the state, will take years to build, and might be eligible for some assistance if we first invest thousands of dollars to show the state that we are “serious.” None of these criteria bode well for this project, but Mayor Herbert wants it nonetheless.

Anyone who thinks this Cumulative Capital Development Fund Tax won’t eventually find its way into the airport expansion project and the Veteran’s Parkway project is living in the Land of OZ. Politicians count on a sleeping populace with a short memory. Once the tax is affixed, and the “increase doesn’t impose too great a burden on the average taxpayer,” according to Herbert, who is to say where the money will go. The article in the July 9 GDN does not say where in the special budget this money is allotted. Also Mayor Herbert has a financial consultant explain the workings of this Cap so that he cannot be held accountable for any “misunderstandings” or “exaggerations” which the Mayor considers “malicious.”

Christine Townsend, Greensburg