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November 9, 2013

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RIVER DOCKS AND WALKING BRIDGES

I have read several things and had some discussion with people on the above referenced topics. I also read Ed Zastawny’s letter to the editor last weekend in the News and Tribune on the total projects proposed by Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore and how the costs exceed the tax increment financing funds available.

First of all, I will once again express my feelings on TIF. I think for the most part there should be more restrictions on how and where these funds should be used. As it is, I think it is one big slush fund for mayors and city councils to use in any way they wish. The current TIF arrangement also takes away from school funding.

Zastawny makes some specific points, if all the facts are correct. I think that Mayor Moore needs to clarify where all the funds will come from for all of his proposed projects. I would have liked to see the mayor respond to Ed’s newspaper column directly point-by-point instead of going on Facebook and calling the council political obstructionists. It’s not always easy for those of us out of the inside political circle to know who’s telling the truth.

I also read on Facebook where the mayor holds the state accountable for the delay regarding the Big Four Bridge project. I would like to see either Ron Grooms or Steve Stemler let us know if indeed the state is responsible and if so why.

I was walking with Kim on the Kentucky side on a beautiful day earlier this year. As we reached the Indiana end and walking most of the way back, we heard many ridiculing comments about why the Indiana side ended in mid-air and was blocked off at our end. It was a bit embarrassing.

— Lindon Dodd is a freelance writer who can be reached at lindon.dodd@hotmail.com

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