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Monday, July 20, 2009

They Should Be..

thank you to the Observer and Bill for this post on this.

Blogger Bill Connors said...

The outrage on the Gazette site about the fact that there will be no special assessments for curb and gutter on W. Main St. reminds me of a Council vote on a special assessment issue back when I was city administrator and excecutive director of the redevelopment authority. When Main Street in the downtown was reconstructed, I was of the opinion that tax increment should have been used to pay for the sidewalks and curb and gutter so the business property owners would not have to pay special assessments for them. It soon became clear that some members of the Common Council did not share my opinion, so I asked the Council to vote on the issue. The Council deadlocked, and then Mayor Janis Ringhand cast the deciding vote to make the downtown business property owners pay the special assessments. I think former Mayor Ringhand was concerned that if the downtown business property owners were not required to pay special assessments for sidewalk and curb and gutter, later street reconstruction projects with special assessments on residential properties would cause a popular uprising.

Bill Connors
Former Evansville City Administrator

Anyone who has had to pay for their curb and gutter should
be concerned.

Mayor Decker could stand to take a page from former Mayor Ringhand
on this issue.
It's called Integrity.

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