|Kyle Walker, Chairman |
Marion County Republican Party
The Indy Democrat blog published by Jon Easter has the details on Walker's press release as well as this comment Easter obtained from committee chairman Angela Mansfield:
"First of all this was not a pre-k proposal that was tabled. The proposal was to eliminate the homestead credit, period. There was absolutely no guarantee where the money would be spent that if the proposal had passed. In fact several Republicans have stated that they do not want to support pre-k with these funds. Some made such statements during the last council meeting or in interviews later.
A similar proposal to eliminate the homestead credit was previously heard in the public safety committee with a full hearing and public comment just a few weeks ago. The proposal was amended to remove the language re the elimination of the homestead credit. To have another committee meeting discussion on the same issue was redundant. This was reminiscent of last year when the mayor put the same proposal before us multiple times."
|Councilor Angela Mansfield|
In her emailed comment to Easter, Mansfield goes on to dispute Walker's claim regarding public testimony. She then makes this pointed comment about property tax increases that residents have already faced:
"From my own personal point of view, my constituents experienced a tax increase this year due to the expansion of the special police district. My own taxes went up almost 16% and I have a very modest house. The vast majority of my constituents receive a benefit of the homestead credit substantially greater than the average $22 the mayor continues to tout. Many are $50 - $150."Yeah, I don't buy the $22 a house claim either. The math just doesn't work.
In my post yesterday, I showed how public support for the Marion County Republican Party has continued to erode. Walker seems totally oblivious to the fact that his advocating more taxes, more borrowing, more spending, isn't a good way to attract conservative-leaning voters to the Republican cause.
Meanwhile, the Marion County GOP has issued an invite to its Fall Reception. The cost? $5,000 to host, $2,500 to co-host, and $1,000 to sponsor. If you're just a rank and file Republican toiling in the trenches, the cost of attending this Republican dinner is "only" $100. Of course, the money will be used by Walker to push for more tax increases and to target Republicans who stand up for conservative values.