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Wyndham speaks at Chamber meeting

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Newly elected City of Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham told business affiliates at Tuesday's Clay County Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting he sees the area growing and prospering. Wyndham added the city is exploring options to improve the road conditions around the area, as well as invest in furthering relationships with local industry to facilitate job creation. [Order this photo]
Residents may see an increase in taxes after a discussion during Tuesday's Clay County Chamber of Commerce luncheon in the Brazil Family Medicine building basement.

City of Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham discussed the possibility of imposing a wheel tax to help generate funds needed to improve road conditions.

"A wheel tax is obviously an option," Wyndham said. "A wheel tax is not a fee per wheel, but per vehicle."

He added proposed costs are estimated at approximately $25 per vehicle.

"So if you have two cars and a pick-up truck, it's $75," Wyndham explained. "We are the only county in the area not imposing a wheel tax. The state legislators have given this tool to help towns raise money (to repair the roads.)"

Wyndham added if the city applied for a grant but didn't impose a wheel tax, the state could make it more difficult to receive funding by saying the city hasn't used a tool the state already put in place.

"It's a bitter pill to swallow. No one likes taxes," Wyndham said. "Let's not do something that will barely maintain us. Let's maximize it and put 100 percent of the money toward road repair. It's inevitable."

In addition, Wyndham said obtaining state and federal grants sometimes cost more than paying for a project without the aid.

Others attending the meeting, such as Clay County Council President Mike McCullough and Chamber board member Steve Kidwell, were in agreement with Wyndham.

"I agree with (Wyndham)," McCullough said. "We should maximize it."

Kidwell added, "It's not by accident that our roads are in the condition they are," Kidwell said, "and we are the only county without a wheel tax."

Wyndham said if taxes had to increase he wanted to make sure it would be enough to repair all that needs fixing, including 59 miles of road in Brazil alone, and 660 miles of road in Clay County.

"We met with Vigo County officials, and they are sorry they didn't maximize their wheel tax," Wyndham said. "We're looking for money, and we'll do the best we can with what we've got."

Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders told those in attendance it costs between $60-70,000 to repair one-mile of road.

"Good roads have to be chipped and resealed every 10-15 years," Sinders said.

Meanwhile Wyndham told constituents he is dedicated to helping the city progress in other ways as well.

"So many times during my campaign, I heard people say we need more industry," Wyndham said, but we've already got a good industry for the size of our town. We need to form some type of marriage with the industry we already have so we continue to grow and progress."

For construction to begin, the Clay County Council must pass the motion through majority vote by July 1, 2012, which would allow road construction to begin in January 2013.

A show of hands showed the majority of Chamber members supported the idea of a wheel tax.

In other news:

* Wyndham told those in attendance the water tower located by the Interstate 70 exit is up and running. He also said once all water towers are online, the old water tower will be demolished. Currently, there is no set date,

* The county is looking into several project adjustments concerning the project for United States 40. Wyndham said there is a possibility there will be fewer "No Turn on Red" signs throughout the city. The Indiana Department of Transportation will revisit the issue and conduct a study to help make the decision. In addition, Wyndham said Jackson Street needed to be added to the plan as a high traffic area because it serves as a by pass of U.S. 40, and

* The city is in the process of finishing the "detention pond" on the east side of Brazil. After the project is complete, the state can come make their contributions to the project.

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what about taxing mopeds, mowers and golfcarts?

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 7:19 PM

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Ronald Reagan

-- Posted by hgallatin on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 10:44 PM

it seems like there are so many more cars in Brazil lately. Get on with it I say, wheel tax them and let's get these roads fixed. You'd pay way more than $25 on car repairs for these horrid roads. and I agree with Care, that means anything with a motor and wheels.

-- Posted by myownlittleworld on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 11:13 PM

I've heard "tax" and I've heard "spend", what I've not heard is "plan to have the money to maintain things that you know are going to need to be replaced on a schedule" from any local government body. It's like everyone in government is planning to repair or replace only when things are so decrepit that they are barely usable with no thought of the future beyond their term in office. The closest thing I've seen to any kind of planning is within the school corporation's bus replacement plan and 10-year building maintenance plan, although those are generally ignored.

Where is the comprehensive street re-paving plan? If a street or road lasts 10-15 years and Brazil has 59 miles of road, we should be paving at least 6 miles of road every year plus patching potholes elsewhere.

Everything that is an asset has a service life and we should be planning to replace it before it reaches the end of its service life expectancy. Is there a manager anywhere or do we only have people who have no thought of the future beyond their term in office?

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 2:48 AM

Just a thought. Police officers all have take home cars, some do not even own personal vehicles. Are squad cars going to be taxed? If so then we the tax payers are going to be paying the taxes on them because we the tax payers actually own them. Just another perk I guess.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 7:47 AM

look at all the for sale signs around town, people must be tired of this small town BS.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 9:09 AM

What about trailers (all types), campers, and hay wagons?

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 11:26 AM

What about children's bikes, wheelchairs, push mowers and toy cars? SHEESH .. let's not go overboard here, people. lol

I agree, do the $25/vehicle and be done with it. I would also add .. if you drive it on the road, it should be taxed!

What I don't agree with is "fewer" NO TURN ON RED signs. It isn't like anyone obeys them anyway (kinda like stop signs), but they are there for a reason.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 11:49 AM

I am originally from Marion county and they are building all new roads and infrastructural over there why can't we we get a pot hole filled?

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 12:50 PM

Get some of that superbowl $$$ and pave our roads! No more taxes! We need to fix the corruption in this state.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 12:57 PM

If your thinking about taxing you better thik about voting. Why should trhe people of Brazil, and the co let a few indviduals that are in office decide for all the people. We are taxed enough now. Before you were elected you preached on the idea of getting roads fixed, but not one time did you raise the motion of a new tax. Well guess what. Do you think you would have been elected?

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 1:50 PM

AS Mayor, my first act is to raise more taxes! Are you kidding me, would'nt be mayor if this came out sooner, I guarantee that.

-- Posted by reddevil on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 7:05 PM

The Mayor DOES NOT have the ability to pass a wheel tax. That can only be done by the County Council, and if you ever want to see an improvement in the county roads and city streets the wheel tax is our only hope!!

-- Posted by open minded on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 7:21 PM

There is the mayor you all wanted lol funny TAX TAX TAX. How about everyone in brazil stop driving the town is not that big and if you work outside of town everyone ride together. After all you people bitched about the last mayor at least she sis not get you more taxes. I just find it funny now you get what you want.

MORE TAXES. City people are paying city and county taxes anyways hell raise the taxes even more.

-- Posted by oknow on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 7:57 PM

Wasn't the fixing of road one of the priorities for lottery proceeds? Or was that just talk, I am confused!

-- Posted by Keeping An Open Mind on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 11:16 AM

I'm okay with raising taxes for better roads!!! Lets get it done! You have to pay to have nice stuff....

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 10:40 PM

Emmes....I am ashamed.....you have lost your sense of sarcasm. Oh where is I M Lee Thall, Esq.?

Didn't take long for ya'll to turn on your new Mayor did it! Darn...I lost my bet.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 11:26 AM

open minded

wheel tax will go for something OTHER than the roads, or if it does I would bet it would be for certain roads not all the ones needed.

i think taxing moped,yawnmowers, golfcarts would help brazil. brazil could get information to get it started from terre haute,

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 5:45 PM

Carebuttonbroke, it is obvious to me that you dont operate a moped, "yawnmower",or golf cart. Because if you did you would be dead set against taxing them. It is obvious to me that you are a one sided person. I am fine with paying a $25 fee per vehicle, if in fact the money will go towards the roads that need repair. We have 4 vehicles at my house. That is $100 per year added to the license plates. Money is tight here, but in reality the $100 will not be missed in the grand scheme of things.

Now if the money goes towards re paving the park before fixing a more deserving road, that would be wrong. But there is nothing that you and I can do about that. Complaining about it on here isnt going to fix it. That is what the new mayor has the open door policy in place for.

-- Posted by MS660 on Sat, Jan 28, 2012, at 8:53 AM

A wheel tax is long overdue. If this tax had been passed when it was first available then our roads wouldn't be in the shape they're in now. If the tax is approved it will still probably be a year before the money becomes available. We should get the ball rolling now before these roads get any worse.

So many people thought it was great when property taxes were cut, and maybe it was a good idea. However, the tax money lost from property taxes has to be replaced from another source. It isn't possible to maintain our infrastructure, much less add to it, without proper funding.

-- Posted by snow on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 7:56 AM

Snow: I agree totally with your statement. However, property tax money is not used to repair roads and streets. Those funds come from excise tax on vehicle plates and the per gallon fee paid at the pump when you purchase gasoline, which I believe is 18 cents per gallon in Indiana.

-- Posted by open minded on Mon, Jan 30, 2012, at 4:01 PM

The previous Mayor paved Olive, and Lenox streets. Do any of you even know where these two streets are? I guess the more traveled Jackson, and Walnut streets were in good shape. I will stand behind Brian. He has not had enough time to even get a grip on the city yet.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Feb 2, 2012, at 2:16 PM

27% of Brazil voters, voted in the last city election. Hope all you nay sayers voted.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Sun, Feb 5, 2012, at 8:06 PM

Finally something positive happened Wheel tax

if that's what it takes to get roads fixed so be it

Like it said in paper Indy wont help the town that dont help themselves

I say put taxes up (no Vote) $50-$100 dollars

and maybe things will happen

All the complaining does not get anything done

-- Posted by 2amigos on Thu, May 10, 2012, at 9:11 AM

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