Thanks to Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana for filling us in on some of the Mayor's ribbon cutting interrupted schedule tonight in his post "Ballard Lies: Tells Councilors Homestead Credit Only Benefits The Rich".
Here's the funniest line in the press release:
The Council majority's current plan is unfunded, increases spending, more than doubles the deficit for 2014, and strips support of our downtown economy in order to give tax breaks to a select few.Well, it is balanced, therefore funded.
It increases spending - most spectacularly for the Parks budget where the demon D's had the unmitigated gaul to add $400,000 to pay the utility bills - which were left unfunded by our oh-so-funny Mayor. There are smaller increases and reductions elsewhere, but all leading to a balance budget.
What has the Mayor miffed, is they declined his invitation to eliminate the homestead credit and rather knocked at the door of the CIB for additional money - which is not appropriated and not part of the actual budget. As Councillor Brown phrased it tonight, it simply gives the Mayor the wherewithal to fulfill his promises.
The supposed deficit for 2014 - there is no deficit if Mayor Vaughn, acting Mayor while Ballard oversees ribbon cutting and world tour venue selection, doesn't instruct the CIB to file a lawsuit over the PILOT. Duh !
And lastly, oh so over the top - yes folks, the 'end times for downtown' are BACK and Better Than Ever !!! The golden oldies never let you down. The Mayor's press release actually says the revised budget "... strips support of our downtown economy in order to give tax breaks to a select few". Precious !
Councillor Caldwell even said at tonight's Council meeting , and I swear he wasn't even chocking back a guffaw, the CIB PILOT was "putting 70,000 jobs downtown at risk". Now that's Mayoral potential for you; to actually spit that sentence out without turning beet red from the embarrassment.
As for those "select few" - Now we all know full well that Mayor Ballard and Mayor Vaughn know what they are talking about when they talk about a select few benefiting to the detriment of the many. So, I assume they will be recalling this part of their press release like so much salmonella infected melons once they realize their error. The select few, according to the City's Controller, Jeff Spalding, add up to 198,049 homeowners who would pay $4.4 million more in property taxes if the homestead credit is eliminated. And, you'd have to add all of the school districts in Marion County who would be penalized by an aggregate $3.4 million dollars. And, also the Library, IndyGo and Health & Hospitals who would be penalized by an aggregate $1.3 million. Those "select few". How dare the Democrats put the CIB ahead of them and ask the CIB to contribute to the cost of the police and fire protection they consume in vast quantities any time they sponsor an event downtown !
I don't know if William Shattner is available to play another curmudgeonly old guy who utters the most inane remarks, but if he is - we have a real chart topping hit on our hands ! America will be rolling in the aisles.