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Column: City-county tax quarrel old story


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The Squad 2 rescue and support vehicle is the ''Swiss Army Knife'' of the Columbus Fire Department and is used throughout Bartholomew County in rescues, hazardous spill cleanup and in tactical support of other emergency workers.
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The Squad 2 rescue and support vehicle is the ''Swiss Army Knife'' of the Columbus Fire Department and is used throughout Bartholomew County in rescues, hazardous spill cleanup and in tactical support of other emergency workers. FILE PHOTO


The lead story in the March 29 issue of The Republic about the reluctance of the county commissioners to contribute more to the operation of the emergency vehicle reminds me of a situation when I was a member of the City Council during Bud Kline’s first term.

At times the commissioners seem to have a memory lapse regarding tax funds.

When the bridge on 17th Street at the hospital was being built, the city was about $25,000 short of funds for completion. A request was submitted to the county for funds from the bridge fund.

We were denied and told these funds were for use in the county. Herb Boeschen, the third commissioner, reminded his fellow members that the city taxpayers also paid into this fund. This seemed to come as a surprise to the other two, but we got the money.

To me, things like this point out what is wrong with our whole system of local government. The township trustee system in a modern society is so antiquated it is beyond belief, yet it continues.

In this and other areas we need some form of metropolitan government to handle the issues of the 21st century rather than operating in a system designed for the 1800s and to some extent the early 1900s.

Robert Kirk is a retired bank executive living in Columbus who served on the City Council from 1963 to 1967.

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