IS IT TRUE that last night the City of Evansville 2018 budget was approved by a 8 to 1 vote? …5th Ward City Council member Justin Elpers was the only one who voted “No” on the 2018 city budget?IS IT TRUE its obvious that Councilman Justin Elpers understands that problems associated with economic distress cannot be solved by increasing taxes, not making any serious budget cuts, building a new penguins exhibit and practicing political patronage?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville City Council doesn’t have a revenue problem? …they just have a spending problem?IS IT TRUE it was announced that Mayor Winnecke was opposed to City Council increasing the COIT tax for 2018? …it’s a well known fact that the Mayor has total control over the political and economic decisions made by City Council?IS IT TRUE that City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr stunned those in attendence when he stated that all the medical bill payments are current? …if Mr. Lloyd statement is correct then why does the city currently have a $3 million dollar healthcare deficit?IS IT TRUE at last nights City Council meeting very few cuts were made to the 2018 budget?IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville is anticipating to collect $371 million in taxes in 2018 which is an increase of 7.6% over last year?…we wonder how on earth that a city that has ZERO population growth and minimal wage growth feel that they can collect 7.6% more tax money from its huddled masses than it did the year before?IS IT TRUE with this kind of runaway spending at the city level, coupled with the rise in electric bills, increase in the county wheel tax and the coming oppressive water and sewer bills, one could easily conclude that the citizens of River City are bleeding to death from the irresponsible governance past, present, and future?IS IT TRUE that nothing was said about how Mayor Winnecke plans to pay for the Evansville Thunderbolts Hockey team operating expenses for 2018?IS IT TRUE that one of the items on last nights budget chopping block was a $102,500 annual subsidy grant given by the city to New Hope Baptist Church to provide a shuttle to drive people to work on outer Highway 41? …council decided to fund the work shuttle grant for another year even after finding out that currently the work shuttle has only one rider?IS IT TRUE at last nights council meeting 8 City Council members gave themselves a nice raise for 2018? …that 5th Ward Councilman Justin Elpers declined to accept a pay increase for 2018IS IT TRUE we were told that the city provides council members and city employees with a city paid healthcare benefit package that charges a monthly premium of $85 for single people or a family premiums charge of $183 month with a $1,500 deductible?IS IT TRUE we wonder how many of our readers have an employer paid healthcare benefit package that cost $85 a month for single people or a family premiums offering for $183 month with a $1,500 deductible?IS IT TRUE because of last night tax increases we are worried that some of our citizens who have the comfort of mobility will see the writing on the wall and will get out of Evansville while they can sell their house for more than they owe on it?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you believe the statement made at last night Council meeting that Mayor Winnecke was against the COIT tax increase is true? Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Check out both setlists, via Tedeschi Trucks Band Fans and PanicStream, respectively, below:Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at The BJCC, Birmingham, AL – 4/23/16Set: Made Up Mind, Laugh About It, Keep On Growing, Bird On A Wire, Idle Wind, Sticks and Stones, Bound For Glory, I Pity The Fool, Let Me Get By, Don’t Know What It Means, The LetterSetlist: Widespread Panic at The BJCC, Birmingham, AL – 4/23/16Set Ain’t Life Grand*, Weight of the World, Honky Red, Better Off, Proving Ground > Bust It Big, Sell Sell, Airplane > JAM > Papa’s Home > Drumz > Machine Gun Jam > Papa’s Home > Blackout Blues > Protein Drink > Sewing Machine (103 mins)Encore Gimme^ > Surprize Valley^, Me and The Devil^^, You Can’t Always Get What You Want^^^ (49 mins)* JB on Tiny Gitar (mandolin) / ^ Derek Trucks on Guitar / ^^ Derek Trucks on Guitar, Susan Tedeschi on Vocals & Guitar / ^^^ Susan Tedeschi on Vocals & Guitar, Derek Trucks on Guitar, Alecia Chakour & Mark Rivers on Vocals Last night marked the highly anticipated double billing at The BJCC in Birmingham, AL, with both Tedeschi Trucks Band and Widespread Panic performing over the course of one magical night. Tedeschi Trucks opened the show, bringing a soulful blend of music new and old. TTB is touring behind their recently-released Let Me Get By album, playing a handful of music from the new release throughout their opening set.Widespread Panic came out next, firing on all cylinders for a rockin’ one-set performance. The show opened with John Bell on a “tiny gitar” aka a mandolin, for the performance of “Ain’t Life Grand.” They kept things rolling with “Weight of the World,” “Honky Red,” and more fan-favorites throughout the set. They also kept things really loose with a “Papa’s Home > Drumz > Machine Gun Jam > Papa’s Home” segment, putting the jam in their Southern jam set.With so much star power under one roof, a collaboration was inevitable. That came during the encore, when Derek Trucks emerged with Panic for versions of “Gimme” and “Surprize Valley.” The extended encore continued with Susan Tedeschi joining on “Me And The Devil,” before the band called on vocalists Alecia Chakour and Mark Rivers for a grand finale version of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The Rolling Stones cover was a perfect finale to a great evening of music.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A panel of federal appellate judges expressed concerns about ordering revisions to a government watchlist of roughly 1 million individuals labeled as “known or suspected terrorists,” despite a lower court finding that the list was constitutionally flawed. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, heard arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of the watchlist. Government lawyers urged the judges not to intervene in the list’s administration. They argue that the problems encountered by those on the list, like enhanced screening at airports, were too insignificant to merit intervention on constitutional grounds. Opponents of the watchlist say the burdens are significant for those who must live with them and that most are on the list for no good reason.
FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Jordan Howard is the Southland Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Howard is the first men’s basketball player this season to win the weekly award three times. He was the Player of the Week on Nov. 20, 2017, and Dec. 27, 2017. Howard had a career-high 43 points in Central Arkansas’ first-ever win over Stephen F. Austin. The Southland leading scorer was one point short of tying the Bears’ program record as the senior guard shot six-of-eight from behind the arc and was 15-of-20 at the free-throw line. In the first half alone, the Chandler, Ariz., product produced 28 points. Howard followed that performance with 29 points in a road win at Northwestern State where he shot 64.3 percent from the field and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity line. Honorable Mention: Shannon Bogues, Stephen F. Austin; Joe Kilgore, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Moses Greenwood, Southeastern Louisiana. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Jordan Howard – Sr. – Guard – Chandler, Ariz. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. The Bears (12-11, 6-4 SLC) scooped a home and an away win on the week, topping Stephen F. Austin (17-4, 6-2 SLC) 100-92 in Conway on Wednesday and defeating Northwestern State (3-17, 0-9 SLC) 95-78 on the road Saturday. For the week, Howard averaged 36 points per game, shot 60.4 percent overall and 64.3 percent from three-point range. UCA next sees game action this Saturday at Southeastern Louisiana (13-9, 7-2) at 5 p.m. CT. The game will stream on the Southland Digital Network.