Voice of the People
The lunacy surrounding the lease of the Toll Road continues, and I just
wonder if politicians ever listen to themselves speak. According to the
Vidette-Times this morning, Porter County Treasurer, James Murphy, is so
“humbled” and impressed with the amount of interest earned on the County’s
portion of the Toll Road lease money, since receiving it in Sept., that the
County wants to take out a loan to repair unspecified roads in the County. Of
course, the article does not state how much it would actually cost to take
this loan out, or how much interest there would be on this loan, so the idiot
voters could actually determine for themselves how much this grand plan would
Instead, the County is holding a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for the public,
with the County to make a final decision on the loan plan at 6 p.m. at the
regular meeting. If the true plan, as stated in the newspaper, is to only
spend the interest on the Toll Road money in order to “enhance” the County’s
road fund, then I suggest the County skip the plan to borrow the 1.5 million
dollars and adopt a pay as you go plan. It will cost less of the taxpayers'
money in the long run and will actually fulfill the stated goals.
Further, I have a news flash for County politicians: there are many voters
who can’t make meetings at 5:30 p.m. because they are still driving home from
work, haven’t even left work, need to get home to dinner and family at 5:30
p.m., or are just too exhausted from working all day to spend $3.54 a gallon
to drive to Valparaiso for a meeting with politicians who already have their
minds made up and are ready to vote on the loan plan. Further, it is my
recollection that one of the reasons we had to sell/lease the Toll Road in
the first place was because we had to take out loans to repair the road and
it allegedly had become just too costly for the State. Of course, we have
never heard that it was ever too costly to repair the almost pristine roads
around Indianapolis, like I-465.
And here is a second news flash for County politicians: learn to live within
your budgets and learn to start respecting the voter. That same advice goes
for school systems too, such as Duneland, who might be developing big ideas
now that the Legislature has exempted them from the property tax cap.