I sympathize with Mark Leyva and Randy Grdinich concerning the 1.5 percent county income tax, but there is a reason it is so high.
This was a stealthy move to provide local funding for the West Lake Corridor extension of the South Shore, and demonstrates the devious and underhanded ways of our congressman, Pete Visclosky.
After the tax was passed, an ad-hoc working group for local rail funding, led by Visclosky, was created, with a goal to siphon off a portion of the tax. Only a privileged few knew of it, and discussions were behind closed doors, away from the public eye.
The participants read like a who’s who of local politics: Christine Cid, Mara Candelaria Reardon, Hal Slager, Ed Soliday, Mike Repay, Michael Griffin, Karen Freeman-Wilson, Ed Charbonneau and Jerome Prince, to name a few.
With Pete holding the big stick of withholding federal grants, how could any city or town council refuse to contribute 34 percent of their CEDIT tax money?
- George Mrak, Schererville