It's the end of September. It hasn't snowed in months. Yet, most of the same potholes thatSmith apparently doesn't know, or maybe doesn't care, that Rebuild Indy II is not about fixing potholes. The proposal pushed forward by the Mayor was to borrow money over 30 years (to be spent in 3 years) for infrastructure improvements, including paving roads. The $150 million proposal would have cost taxpayers nearly $300 million once the cost of interest on the money borrowed was calculated. Does it really make sense to borrow money over 30 years to pave a road? Democrats have acted as responsible stewards of the taxpayers money in questioning the Rebuild Indy II and demanding changes.
Some streets have been "repaired" — and I use that term loosely, given the way work crews have sloppily tossed a tarlike substance into so many potholes across the city. But many of those streets are just as rough on vehicles as the streets that haven't been touched. (Central Avenue just south of Fall Creek Parkway comes to mind.)
The idea that we are about to enter another winter with roads that are in just as bad a shape as they were at the end of last winter is ridiculous. Particularly because, according to weather forecasters, this winter could be as cold or colder than last winter.
Democrats on the City-County Council and Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's administration have spent months negotiating how to fund RebuidIndy 2, a Republican-backed plan to spend $300 million fixing roads, sidewalks and curbs. So long, in fact, that construction on those projects can't begin until 2015.
That means you should probably start saving money to replace damaged tires and rims over the next six months. Either that or check out IndyGo's schedule.
This is just one more sign of how dysfunctional and ineffective our city government has become.
But Erika Smith does not concern herself with facts regarding Rebuild Indy II, including how the projects are financed. Nowhere in her article is the size of the project mentioned or that those improvements we would enjoy today would be financed by leaving the bill for the next generation.
Worse yet, the Star's columnist seems to have totally confused Rebuild Indy II with the a separate "emergency" measure introduced to fix potholes. There was some initial complaints that all council districts were not included, but changes were made and the pot hole proposal passed within 28 days of being introduced.
But, of course, Erika Smith doesn't mention that fact either.