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May 2, 2014

LETTERS: Candidate favors spending down surplus; Tipton meeting room unnecessary

Let’s spend down surplus on projects

As a candidate for the Center Township Advisory Board, I have been talking to people about the “surplus problem” in the Township Fund. If elected, I would be in favor of spending the surplus down for worthwhile infrastructure projects but keeping a necessary tax rate.

There are some who propose dropping the tax rate to zero and living off the surplus. However attractive that sounds, the State Board of Accounts might look unfavorably on reinstating the rate when the funds would be depleted. It might even take special legislation in the state Legislature. Both could be risky for the township’s future finances.

I think it would make more sense to figure the average of necessary, actual spending the last five years and setting that as the rate. Then, the surplus could be spent for worthwhile projects benefiting the community, like the playground fence at Foster Park and other such improvements at Highland Park the township has purchased.

Personally, I think the trolleys are one of the best things that have happened in Kokomo in years. If the city could handle lengthening the trolley day from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or running a route at 9 p.m. to pick up students at IU Kokomo and Ivy Tech, I would favor buying another trolley from the township surplus. The legality of such a purpose would have to be checked, but the State Board of Accounts Township Manual lists education assistance as a legitimate township expense.

I don’t see the surplus as a problem but a possibility to improve Kokomo!

Charles Short

Kokomo

New meeting room just isn’t necessary

Recent letters to the editor aren’t letters of opinion. They’re letters of fact corresponding to actual meetings where voices and concerns are being brushed off or completely ignored by our county commissioners.

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