Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


October 10, 2006

Anything but open

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Before an invited group of about 100 well-wishers, Mayor Matt McKillip launched his re-election campaign 12 days ago.

He boasted about his “beautification project” that included more than $100,000 in potted and planted flowers throughout the community. He noted the increased volume of drug arrests by the Kokomo Police Department. And he reiterated his “5-point plan” to improve the city:

• Growing and diversifying job opportunities.

• Beautifying and making Kokomo a more vibrant community.

• Modernizing Kokomo’s public and private infrastructure.

• Keeping residents safe in their homes and neighborhoods.

• Making government more open, efficient and proactive.

We’re surprised – stunned, actually – that McKillip continues to tout “making government more open” as one of his top priorities. His administration is anything but that.

• On Aug. 9, we asked city Controller Phil Williams for a listing for all attorneys fees and deductibles paid by the city, year-to-date. We’re still waiting for that information.

• On Aug. 16, we asked Williams for a copy of purchase order No. 003403, check No. 123674 and voucher No. PI1694 from the claims approved by the Kokomo Board of Public Works & Safety of July 11. Still waiting.

• Also on Aug. 16, we asked Williams for an itemized list of all city money spent on KGOV-TV, including money spent hiring a Carmel-based video production company called “The Omni Centre,” as well as all program schedules and a listing of the programs currently playing on KGOV. Still waiting.

• Again, on Aug. 16, we asked Williams for an itemized list of the city’s landscaping/beautification spending for 2006 to date, including costs for concrete curbing, city labor, plants and any other costs related to the beautification efforts. Again, still waiting.

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