Letters to the Editor
Just what is a smart move?
In response to Mr. Robert C. Jackson's letter, I would like to point out several issues with the views expressed by his letter.
First, he says that there was a vote on Mr. Herron's severance package, yet the very report he cites said there was no official action by council.
What really happened was a secret meeting by four members of council who skirted the law by sending one out so that only three were present at one time. Mr. Jackson did you mention unethical?
Herron quit and was due nothing then these four collaborated and paid him over $150,000 of taxpayer money without any input from those paying the bill. Did somebody mention unethical?
There was no wiretapping that he mentioned. There was a recording made of the manager who if he was doing nothing unethical would have amounted to nothing. The rub here is apparently the recording pointed out inconsistencies in what he was telling different parties. Unethical, I don't think so, maybe a smart move to protect yourself from those who are unethical.
Image over substance
What makes Indian Trail, Indian Trail? By using image and branding with the town logo or the people who live and work here? This coming election will help decide what the priority will be. Higher taxes for the branding and aesthetics or pay the needs now and the wants later? Ask yourself why you moved to Indian Trail to begin with. Were lower taxes and the town being located close to Charlotte at the top of your list?
Infrastructure is still deficient and will remain so until Town Council realizes there isn't enough money for all of the nice improvements all at once for the town. Moderation is not in the vocabulary of most of our current Town Council members. Build in stages or phases and save money for what are the more necessities now and then the amenities. That is the most successful marketing strategy anyone could ask for any town.
Why must everything be built now, because of future higher building costs? With that logic there should be a 100 million dollar bond referendum passed NOW to pay for everything. I am sure you, the tax payer, wouldn't mind having your taxes raised by 1000%. Think of all of the wonderful things Indian Trail could then offer you. A 5 million dollar Town Hall with a community center, outer belt highways that encircle the town, village centers every 2 miles. Don't forget the nice trees, shrubs and flowers for the medians for all of these new highways. The way finding signs to get you there for $2800 apiece for the small signs and up to $30,000 apiece for the Gateway signs to welcome you to Indian Trail. The cost to maintain all of this, who cares? All that matters is that you have it all and you have it all now.
You are thinking this is ridiculous, nobody can afford that much of a tax increase all at once. What if the increase were spread out over the next twenty years? Would you notice it as much? Would you care? Your taxes were increased by 27.5 % last year and what was the purpose of that tax increase? Get to know the Comprehensive Plan and see for yourself the wonderful improvements to be implemented over the next twenty or so years. Who will pay for all of these improvements? The town of Indian Trail will pay for them and where does the town obtain most of their funding?
You, the resident, since seventy five percent of tax revenue comes from the residents of Indian Trail, that is where. How many and what type of new businesses will have to move to Indian Trail to help offset the tax burden by the residents? High technology businesses, such as, reusable energy, medical or research and development will be needed as Indian Trail is expected to grow according to the Comprehensive Plan. Will their tax base still be enough to help the tax burden placed on the residents? Residents of Indian Trail, please get involved and become informed by attending or listening to the Indian Trail Council Meetings. Yes, moderation is very much needed now and in the future for Indian Trail.