first_imgIS IT TRUE that Finance Chairman Dan McGinn asked City Council attorney to draft an ordinance that would reduce the Homestead Property Tax Credit from 8 percent to 6 percent for 2017? …the self proclaimed 1st Ward fiscal conservative McGinn also announced he wants to see the Homestead Property Tax Credit depleted by 2 percent every year “until it’s all gone.”?  …we wonder if the homeowners of Evansville are going to allow McGinn,, the Mayor and City Council to take our Homestead Property Tax Credit from us?IS IT TRUE at the last City Council meeting Finance Chairman Dan McGinn stated that the current budget problems were caused by the spending practices of City Council over the last 12 years? …wasn’t Mr. McGinn a member of the Evansville City Council for 5 out of the last 12 years?  …it looks like by Mr. McGinn’s own admission that he has been a part of the major deficit spending practices of City Council?IS IT TRUE we wonder when Councilman McGinn was the Zoo Director did he ever experience any unexpected cost overruns on budgeted items or on capital projects?IS IT TRUE we hear that Vanderburgh County Council members will determine that there will not be any increases in the Employee Health Care costs for 2017?  …they originally budgeted for a 12-percent increase in the 2017 Employee Health Care costs?  …the reason why County Council were able to achieve the no increases in Employee Health Care costs for 2017 is because they aren’t self insured like the City of Evansville?IS IT TRUE it’s alleged that Missy Mosby had big rats run between her toes while doing some City Council duties somewhere in the 2nd Ward?  …Ms. Mosby wouldn’t have this problem if she would take a bag of Dry Ice with her while doing her 2nd Ward Council duties?IS IT TRUE that Chicago also has a major rat problem?  …that Chicago has unleashed a chilling killer for the war against urban rats?  …the new weapon is Dry Ice? …Dry Ice is deadly to small animals if inhaled in high concentrations?  …once inhaled the rats become asphyxiated decompose on site?  …its alleged that burrows in Chicago that are using Dry Ice are seeing about a 60% reduction in the rat population?IS IT TRUE that At-Large City Councilwoman Michelle Mercer has learned a new word?  …the word is CONSTITUENTS?  …we wonder who she picked this word up from?IS IT TRUE a CCO poster named DarkLight posted the following comment we feel worth reposting?  …DarkLight said:  “The city needs to get serious about reducing expenses with creative solutions. Eliminating the Homestead credit and increasing the county option income tax is a simplistic solution to rising costs. How about reducing the expenses”?  …he also said: “The city’s health insurance plan should align with comparable plans in the public and private sector where cadillac plans were phased out long ago. Deductibles and co-pays need to balance the excessive health care subsidy that has grown without check”?  …can you believe that he also stated that  “Pass an incremental cost increase on to city employees rather than incremental tax increases to the average taxpayer who has no say on decreasing the exponential costs in city government. Finally, eliminate health insurance coverage for part time employees, i.e., city council, et. al”  …we think this post make a heck of lot of sense?.IS IT TRUE Government works best when their elected officials go on vacation?IS IT TRUE we searched the 2017 proposed City budget breakdown to see what the  free City/County Employee Health Clinic actually costs the taxpayers?  …we are told by a credible source that this alleged free clinic costs the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County well over a million dollars a year? …it looks like former Mayor Weinzapfel’s prediction that this free clinic would save taxpayers many millions of dollars over the years is totally incorrect? IS IT TRUE the Vanderburgh County Township trustees are asking for the burial costs to be increased from $2,000 to $3,000 for 2017?  …the Township Trustees claim that the reason for the big increase is that local funeral homes have asked for this big increase this year is to provide burial assistance to those who financially can’t afford to do so?  …we wonder when was the last time our elected officials did an audit on this fund?IS IT TRUE last week 3rd Ward City Councilwoman Anna Hargis CPA recently contacted former City Councilman John Friend CPA to ask him to explain to her  a few items in the proposed 2017 budget? …Mr. Friend CPA explained to Ms. Hargis that the Employee Health Care costs are going to be catastrophic to the 2017 budget and she went into panic mode? …it’s obvious that the most qualify person on Council that can figure out the extremely complicated information listed in the draft of the proposed 2017 city budget is Anne Hargis CPA?  …we hope that Ms Hargis will come forward with reasonable, creative and obtainable ways to attack the major deficit spending practices of past and present city council?  …its time for Finance Chairman McGinn to stop his meat as approach to cutting the 2017 budget and let Ms. Hargis give her opinions how to address impending budget crisis in a well thought out manner?EDITOR FOOTNOTE: “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Wednesday or Friday? Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you agree with Dan McGinn, Mayor and City Council that they should   reduce the Homestead Property Tax Credit from 8 percent to 6 percent for 2017?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more