Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Viable Alternative To City's Sale of Utilities to Citizen's Gas

Over at another blog, (I won't mention the blogger's name but as a hint he's widely considered to be a paid moouthpiece for Marion County GOP Chairman Tom John and the Ballard administration), the blogger says no one has come up with a viable alternative to the City's plan to sell the water and sewer utilities to Citizen's Gas.

Really? Here's one....don't "sell" the utilities to Citizen's Gas. Transfer the utilities to Citizen's Gas. The public will own the utilities before and after the deal...a slightly different public, but the public nonethelss.. The "sale" is nothing more than a huge tax increase that will be paid for by the public in the form of higher utility rates. The only reason to "sell" the utilities is so the Ballard administration can get their hands on a lot of cash before the election to try to buy favor to rescue his unpopular administration.

The blogger goes on to say in the comment section that he has no problem with borrowing money for 30 years to fund improvements which last 5-7 years. Ahem. A commenter suggested that road repairs do last 30 years. Yeah, right.

5 comments:

Downtown Indy said...

Do you suppose this $425 million is going to be claimed as far exceeding the $70 million (I think that's the number he used) which Ballard claimed he'd save taxpayers or else he'd decline to run for a 2nd term?

Can they be that lame, think we are that naive, or that we are that stupid?

I think they can.

Paul K. Ogden said...

DI, interesting. When did he make that claim.

Advance Indiana said...

The Star's editorial plays the same misleading game with its readers today.

Ballard did say he could pare the City's budget down by about that much when he was a candidate by getting rid of what he called the "fluff" in it.

Jon said...

Unfortunately the fluff we need to get rid of now is Ballard...

Had Enough Indy? said...

The Mayor already claims to have trimmed the $70 million - he's used the state takeover of pension payments and the like, which they did as part of the property tax cap funding.