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September 18, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Sept. 18

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Dems trying to use finances as political tool

It is abundantly clear that the 2014 election season is well underway.

Democrat Party Chairman Adam Dickey has wasted no time trying to condemn fiscal responsibility by Floyd County Commissioners, using half truths and glaring omissions of some of the facts to try to gain a political advantage for next year’s elections.

Dickey attacked a decision by commissioners to transfer money from the cumulative bridge fund to the general fund budget to balance the deficit. According to Commissioner Mark Seabrook, it made far more sense to borrow from our own funds interest free than incur an outside loan at any interest rate. He denied Dickey’s claim that the county was unable to borrow sufficient funds as patently untrue.

In transferring funds from the cumulative fund, one bridge will be delayed repair while other bridges and road work projects have continued to be completed, a fact that Mr. Dickey chose to conveniently ignore. He also ignored the fact that Floyd County has been tasked with funding another $1 million trial of David Camm by a liberal judge in Indianapolis and the fact that the state refunds more than 40 percent of those costs after completion of the trial. He forgot to mention about $400,000 coming back from the state … a situation far from his claim that the county was “tapped out.”

Dickey’s claim that Floyd County started this year with a $2.4 million deficit is, at the very least, misleading. He forgot to mention that this year’s budget was passed by last year’s Democrat-controlled council. To say that the Republican-led council has spent recklessly since then is hypocritical considering he represents the political party that has brought our nation $17 trillion in debt since the president took office. In fact, Floyd County has one of the lowest tax rates in the state at 1.15 percent.

Dickey fails to mention that the Republican-led commissioners and county council are choosing to not raise taxes and have, in fact, limited spending in all departments throughout the county for the past year. Instead of criticizing our commissioners and council, I think Mr. Dickey should be praising them for not raising our county taxes. Of course, that might mean he could lose some of those elections next year.

But it might be wise to choose a different target than a fiscally responsible commissioner board and county council. Maybe he should emphasize the superb money management of the city of New Albany led by Democrats. Of course, that election follows in 2015, so that might not be wise either.

— David Matthews, Floyd County Republican Party Chairman

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