Tipton mayor, others are missing point
In a recent letter to the editor, submitted to the Kokomo Tribune by Tipton Mayor Don Havens, it is stated: “The Alliance agreement speaks for itself: public meetings of the Alliance have been held as required; budget documents have been submitted for the record (and have been made available to the public) and we are satisfied that the LEDO is operating within our parameters as they are currently set. We find the LEDO to be operating with sufficient openness and transparency.”
Mayor Havens and the others on the Alliance obviously did not comprehend the focus of the letters raising concerns about the LEDO. I challenge him to point out the “factual inaccuracy” he refers to with regard to the contents of those letters. The complaint was never that the Alliance meetings are not open to the public. The complaint is that the Alliance, which is a group of seven elected officials who are to oversee the LEDO, rarely meets to “give plenty of guidance and direction,” as was promised by the promoters. And the complaint is that the monthly meetings of the Board of Directors of the LEDO are not open to the public, as was promised by the promoters.
The six people who are on the LEDO Board are spending our money and we can’t even witness the decisions on how that money is spent. We aren’t allowed to object to what we think are extravagant expenditures of our tax monies by a group of private citizens who are meeting behind closed doors.
Transparent means that the public should be able to see what is going on and have access to all documents. The elected Alliance members have failed by not insisting that the LEDO abide by the original promises and they have betrayed us by not having much oversight of the LEDO.