Letter: Unelected groups making public spending decisions

To the editor:

That good ol’ representative government stuff. It is working oh so well here in the County of Johnson. Firstly, the state legislature creates a way to siphon off tax funds and allow the local governments to design their own “slush funds” around it, and they call it the TIF funds.

The politicians all seem to have a different definition of how the fund is to work and who is to manage it. “Oh, it’s going to be so wonderful, we will spin off the responsibility to a nonelected committee, and that will keep that representative government stuff out of the way.”

If you do just a bit of research about the concept of TIF (tax-increment financing) you may find it is rife with corruption and a constant source of bickering among most small government entities. Not to be excluded from these arguments, the cities of Greenwood and Franklin are up to their ears with the struggles of how to spend their newfound revenue streams.

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