Saturday, December 06, 2008


This was forwarded to us from our friends from the "Team Hammond Taxpayers Group."

The city can't afford bus service or health care but can afford fish for a salt-water aquarium.

You've got to be kidding, right?

On October 24, 2008, a claim was submitted to the city council in the amount of $423.00 for purchases made at Pet Playground, 6944 Kennedy Avenue.

A variety of tropical fish, (Black Bar Soldier, Yellow Angel, 2 Blue fin Damsels, Pajama Cardinals) were purchased for a salt-water aquarium.

Further investigation by "Team Hammond Taxpayers Group" revealed claims in 2006 for $2,239.35, in 2007 for $3,693.95 and in 2008 (up until October) for $2,766.50 for fish, salt and other aquarium related items. This comes to a grand total of $8,699.80!

Where did the money come from to pay for the $8,699.80 in fish and aquarium supplies? The mayor's discretionary gaming fund. Contrary to what the mayor believes; gaming revenue is still taxpayers' money!

Hammond citizens will lose their ability to get to work, the doctor or grocery shop when bus service is cut as of June 30, 2009 but hey...the mayor has a beautiful salt-water aquarium with tropical fish for him to enjoy.

Well you know what they say, it's all about the "RIGHT PRIORITIES!"

Perhaps in this case, swimming with the fishes wouldn't be so bad. Unbelieveable the idiocy in expenditures like these.

Great job Team Hammond, you guys sound just like us in New Albany!