first_imgIf you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke“ honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE It’s no secret that both republican County Commissioners would like to be the next president of the  Vanderburgh County Commission? …that Democrat Ben Shoulders vote will determine who be the next President of the Vanderburgh County Commission?  …this a developing story?IS IT TRUE that Illinois is experiencing a self-inflicted storm of fiscal distress?…the state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national average, and it’s losing jobs at a furious pace across all employment sectors?…Last year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel added a 30 percent tax on water and sewer bills to raise revenue for the Municipal Employees Pension Fund?…He now seeks a 28 percent increase in a monthly tax on phone bills in order to fund the Laborers Pension fund?IS IT TRUE Illinois lawmakers have pushed soda taxes and taxes for indoor plumbing, and the city is also looking to aggressively issue fines for everything from illegal panhandling and illegal parking to noise violations, street peddling, failing to shovel snow and operating a business without a license?…Illinois is a financial basket case — which is what you get when you combine political patronage with powerful public-sector unions that control leftist politicians?IS IT TRUE the state of Illinois should be a case study for other jurisdictions on how not to conduct public policy?…All elected officials who treat their constituents like a mindless ATM machine need to concern themselves with who will pay the bills when the taxpayers flee?IS IT TRUE that while the State of Indiana seems to be run with financial responsibility? ..we may have tax reform on a federal level that is poised to leave more money in the pockets of 91% of the population but at home the motto should be “That which Trump giveth, local government Taketh Away?”…between the 20% increase in Vanderburgh County income taxes, the double digit increase in water and sewer rates, another Vectren price increase, the Bosse Field Tax, a County “Wheel Tax”, a 10 cent per gallon gas tax increase, and a $15 per yer per vehicle registration increase, the people of Evansville and Vanderburgh County are seemly being fleeced by the majority of local politicians before the federal tax cuts have found their way into a single pocket?IS IT TRUE the the Vanderburgh County Democratic party has two shinning stars?  …they are Indiana State Representative Ryan Hatfield and County Commissioner Ben Shoulders?IS IT TRUE on January 3, 2018 the County Observer shall announce the first of six (6) “Outstanding Community Service” award winners for this year?IS IT TRUE that Washington, D C runs best when Congress is forced to shut down the government because of a budget crisis?IS IT TRUE that a couple of years ago the Evansville DMD purchased the Knotty Pine Restaurant building on North Main Street and demolished it for a public parking lot?  …as of January 2, 2018 this property is an vacant lot with over grown weeds?IS IT TRUE that a couple of years ago the owners of Turonis Restaurant purchased the vacant Integra Bank building on North Main from the Evansville DMD for $235,000 plus dollars to be used for a parking lot for their customers? …a short while later DMD re-purchased the vacant Integra Bank building from Turonis Restaurant owners for over $260,000? …DMD then leased the Integra Bank building to the non-profit Evansville Land Bank Corp for an ridicules monthly lease payment?IS IT TRUE we wonder if the Executive Director of the Evansville DMD would spend his own money the same way he spend our tax dollars buying property located on North Main Street?  …we bet the answer to this question is a resounding “NO”?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Who would you vote for as the next President of the Vanderburgh County Commission? Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img