The Hustle, the levy, American Pie

The past few weeks have been very busy for Monroe County Council. Pin-the-tail has several blog entries related to ramping up to the Annual Budget Session in August------sessions where Monroe County citizens' elected officeholders to the fiscal body of County Government, the County Council, set the budget for 2008. That county budget is set upon your tax dollars...

First I suggest that you read the fine Civitas column all about property taxes---- that the Bloomington Alternative published yesterday. Civitas explains "frozen levy" which, when frozen for Monroe County in 1973, should have additionally required that we stay stuck in that time period's phunny fashions...doing The Hustle and wearing high-waisted jeans...but, sadly, here in Monroe County we're expected to dance with the times in au courant digs, meeting au courant demands---- but with a levy (not levee) that's practically run dry.*

If you want to Side Break** to pin-the-tail, you may find the chapter headings "Budget Priorities" or "Making Hay" or "Space Needs, Future Shack" to be relevant to various things that, just maybe, you're curious about: How are the justice departments and jail funded, who gets paid what and why, and, are my taxes going up?

*"Bye by, Miss American Pie," is one of Civitas author Greg Travis' favorite songs...

**Side Break - lead sends follow out still holding her left hand, then picks her back up, common dance step in The Hustle