One of the most stunning was when Councillor LeRoy Robinson made a statement about why he voted against the increase in the public safety income tax.
"What we need is a permanent change in our priorities. We tend to pay for what we want and tax the people for what we need."
"A whopping 286 Million dollars is going to development, entertainment, and parking garages."
"That's the real conversation."Well said, sir. Well said.
Below is the clip of his statement and IMPD Chief Rick Hite's response.
I have to say, I found Hite's mention of IMPD being a paramilitary organization something of a non sequitur and somewhat disturbing - especially since I did not hear the phrase "community policing" all night long. I have included his entire response, as he does bring up good points regarding how the police numbers fell off.
However, he never addresses the spending priorities for the tax hike that appeared to be coming from, or at least endorsed by, both the Department of Public Safety and himself. Those priorities include spending only $4 M of the tax hike on hiring new officers in 2015. The tax hike is expected to generate $29 M; $16 M of which is earmarked for IMPD.