01 April 2005


Mayor Bart Peterson is in a bit of a pickle. Late last year, he announced that the Colts would stay for 30 years with a new stadium that won't raise income, sales, or property taxes. HOORAY!! A new casino would be built downtown to pay for the stadium. Faster than you could say interception, new House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) shot that idea down, saying he wouldn't allow a new casino in Indy. Alternative ideas pitched by other GOP legislators involving gambling were also shot down. Instead, Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) suggested a 1% tax on all services in Marion County. Taxation without representation indeed! Now, the governor has weighed in on how to finance the stadium/convention center expansion. Raise taxes!!

The governor has pitched the idea of a 1% food and beverage tax for seven of the eight surrounding counties to fund the stadium. When the current RCA Dome was built, a "temporary" 1% tax was enacted on restaurants to pay for the dome, with the tax to be eliminated when the dome was paid off. The interest rate must be horrible on the loan, because that tax is still here, over 20 years later.

Point is, nothing's changed that Republicans are in control. Citizens' tax dollars are still wasted, and the Libertarians are the still the only ones looking out for your life and your wallet.

1 comment:

LP Mike Sylvester said...

I could not agree with you more Chris.

We have seen a similar situation in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The tax payers up here reluctantly agreed to a temporary Food and Beverage Tax in Allen COunty to build the Coliseum. The tax was worded so that when the Coliseum was paid off, the tax would end. It was a "temporary tax."

Well, the Coliseum was paid off and guess what happened? Our local politicains tried to extend it. They were defeated in court!

So what did they do? They went to the Indiana Assembly and the Indiana Assembly RENAMED our Food and Beverage Tax and extended it indefinately.

That is another example of the good folks in Indianapolis hooking us up.

Which Party did this you ask? It was both Republicans and Democrats, this measure passed easily!

Mike Sylvester