Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 28, 2012

Where does the money really go?


— Is it any wonder that Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman wants to charge the taxpayers of Goshen for trash pickup? By charging a fee (tax) to cover a part of the trash, pickup cost, he will have more money to pay the 20 percent for projects that he determines to be for the Quality of Life for the taxpayers.

When Goshen used federal funds for a project, the federal government (we the taxpayers) normally pays 80 percent of the project, leaving 20 percent to be paid by local government (again, we the taxpayers).

It appears that the mayor’s vision of quality of life issues is bicycle trails, tunnels, restoring old buildings, building brick parking lots and adding a gravel pit to the park system for a small minority of people rather than furnishing quality of life to the majority of citizens who feel trash pickup adds to their quality of life.

Since 2001, and ending in 2013, the cost to city taxpayers has been $1,597,761 for the 20 percent share. The federal (taxpayer money) has been more than $8.5 million While some of these projects have been worthwhile, some have been a waste of taxpayer’s dollars.

Consider the Monroe Street Bike Path scheduled to be built in 2013. This path is to be used primarily by fairgoers for 10 days each year. Meanwhile, you are asking all residents of Goshen to pay for trash pickup.

It only makes sense to quit spending money for these feel-good projects if you cannot fund projects that benefit all citizens.

— Ed Bradford

Goshen