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government Leaders switch from cut to spend

Posted on Jan. 23, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Do you remember the headlines in our local newspapers and TV outlets in September and October of 2012?

It was budget time. Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman, Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore and the county council all let the taxpayers know that since they didn’t want to raise taxes, numerous budget requests would need to be trimmed. Both mayors wanted to set a trash pick-up fee and one even wanted to cut the hours for firemen and policemen. The county council was very vocal about the need for department heads to trim their budget requests.

Fast forward to January 2013. Just over four months later, most of the headlines are about additional spending.

The Goshen Board of Works approved spending $50,000 of non-budgeted expense to put a fence and path around Fidler Pond. The Redevelopment Commission voted to spend over $1 million to extend the bicycle path on Bashor road to the Market Center on U.S. 33. Goshen is going ahead with a $1 million-plus bicycle path to the County Fairgrounds. Even though these projects will be paid for with 80 percent federal money (taxpayer money), 20 percent will be paid with local tax money. This amount will be approximately $400,000.

Remember, Goshen’s mayor wanted to raise our taxes to pay for trash pick up.

The citizens and taxpayers of Elkhart County deserve better than this. I feel that local governments are treating us like mushrooms. They keep us in the dark and feed us manure.

Ed Bradford