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May 18, 2021

That Old Tax Magic
A visitor to the Guest Forum submitted a comment today that questions the wisdom of local politicians who enacted a Shelby County Food and Beverage Tax a few years ago at the urging of Governor Mitch Daniels. The tax was designed to demonstrate regional support for the new Indianapolis Colts football stadium and promised multiple, although nebulous, economic benefits for Shelby County.

Here's the Guest Forum comment posted by "Corporate welfare", an anonymous contributor:

"How's this thing working out with Shelby County taxpayers helping to pay for the building and upkeep of the Colts football stadium, located about a 45-minute drive from Shelbyville? While the Super Bowl mania was going on, many local people didn't mind being forced by their local politicians to pay a restaurant tax for the benefit of the multi-millionaire Irsay and his cohorts. Now that the Colts appear to be on the way down and with supposed benefits back to the doughnut counties clearly a joke, I wonder how many people regret having supported this corporate welfare from Shelby County."

I call attention to this reader's comment for a number of reasons. One, because a similar question occurred to me yesterday evening as I watched the Indianapolis Colts lose to the Dallas Cowboys at Lucas Oil Stadium. Two, because I editorialized on the food and beverage tax issue six years ago when it was being superficially debated. And three, because it offers me an opportunity to encourage readers to participate in this site's Guest Forum.

A few of my editorial cartoons on the Food and Beverage Tax issue from 2005 are posted in the 'Toon Tomb Section of this web site. Or, you can view them by clicking on the individual links listed below. I invite you to share your thoughts. I'm particularly interested in receiving comments from those who supported the tax in 2005. A detailed enumeration of quantifiable economic benefits to Shelby County would be especially appreciated.

Here's how to post comments in the Guest Forum:

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I receive instant alerts via e-mail when a submission is received. However, it will not automatically appear in the Guest Forum because I review each submission for content before manually posting it to the site. That explains the occasional delays in posting comments because contrary to public perception, I don't spend every day sitting in front of my Mac. I do have other interests, like artwork, like reading, like writing, like family, and friends, sometimes exercise, and every once in a while, Bloody Marys.

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Links to Food & Beverage Tax Cartoons:

Donut Dollars

Irsay's Gift

Bacchus Caucus

Crazy Cult

Colts Tax

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Article comment by: Un Manning

I think they should call them the Indiana Colts and rename the stadium to
Lucas Oil's Hoosier Stadium Deluxe.
Then the whole state can share the glorious bounty !

Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010
Article comment by: Bozo

Well done Dee! I love the website and love the public stir it generates! It makes my day when I find a new cartoon and/or new article!!! Keep up the great work - Joe Public needs you to be our voice!
P.S. Count me in on the Bloody Marys!

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