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Letter to the Editor: Mayor Winnecke Shell Games

first_imgLetter to the Editor: Mayor Winnecke Shell GamesMayor Winnecke has spent his time as Mayor playing a Shell Game with Evansville’s finances, hoping we don’t catch on.With each passing year, the “Shells” gets bigger and bigger, with more money being moved and shifted around so we, the public, don’t realize the true financial situation Evansville faces.He can hide the “Shell Games” from the citizens, but he can’t hide it from the State Board of Accounts.According to the SBOA 2014 Audit:“Although the General Fund showed a balance of $307,140 as of December 31, 2014, the fund would have shown a deficit balance of $5,888,660 as of December 31, 2014, if not for the following items:The Wastewater Utility prepaid the 2015 payment in lieu of taxes payment totaling $2,428,000The City did not pay the General fund’s portion of hospitalization bills for the 3rd quarter of 2014 totaling $3,767,800.”In reality, we began 2015 $5,888,660 in the hole.Mayor Winnecke is borrowing tomorrow’s paycheck to pay for today’s bills.  And with each passing year, the amount he has to borrow grows higher and higher.This type of action, much like it is in our everyday homes, is unsustainable.  We simply cannot continue to treat our finances this way.I call upon Mayor Winnecke to have a frank and open dialog with the citizens of Evansville about the true nature of our city’s finances.  We cannot continue to shift and move money around, playing accounting tricks, and deceiving the public about our true financial situation.These certainly are not the actions of a #StrongCity.Thank you,Matthew NevilleEvansville FOOTNOTES: Our next “will be posted on this coming Wednesday ?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”. Jobs posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is:  If the election was held today who would you vote as the next Governor of Indiana?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more