An otherwise sane, mature, rational Carmelista recently explained the facts of roundabouts to me.
“I like them,” the citizen of A City to Experience said, when asked about the 10 roundabouts under construction. “They are nice and unique.”
“And the cost?” I asked.
“Oh, they pay for themselves. I understand stoplight intersections cost $25,000 a year to install and maintain. Roundabouts pay for themselves in seven or eight years.”
Slow-witted as I am, I had to mentally multiply $25,000 by seven or eight. Try as I could, I was unable to come up with the $2-3 million roundabouts cost.
“What about the $175 million Palladium?”
“It’s a bargain. The music is just wonderful and I love Michael Feinstein.”
I couldn’t disagree. Music is sublime. And a Los Angeles resident who plays the piano and, in his spare time, serves as artistic director for Carmelaks is a noble person.
“And,” my friend said, “my taxes haven’t gone up in 20 years.”
Wow, I thought. What a Bernie Madoff Moment.
Something for nothing.
A confidence racket that dates from the Garden of Eden.
But, I mused, no politician would be stupid enough to try to run for public office on a con like that.
Total Carmel outstanding debt obligation: $1,376,786,197
Ratio of Carmel debt to annual $141 million income: 9.8 to 1.
Ratio of Federal debt to annual $3.4 trillion income: 7.19 to 1.
Injury accident rate per 1,000 after the first 73 roundabout: 6.8 in 1996 to 1.9 in 2010 = 72%
Decrease in injury accident rate after the first 73 roundabouts were built: 0 (10-year avg. 2.4)
Traffic accident rate per 1,000 residents since the first roundabout: 23.7 (10-year avg. 22.4)
Injury accident rate in 2017: 2.2
Total traffic accident rate in 2017: 24.3
National injury accident rate 1996-2016 = -24.8%
Three of the top four most dangerous intersections in Hamilton County: 116th St. and Keystone, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Center for the Performing Arts performance schedule – 2018-2019
Studio Theater – 18 dates or 0.05 percent of the year.
Booth Tarkington Theatre – 26 dates or 7.1 percent of the year.
Palladium – 34 dates or 9.3 percent of the year.
Total – 78 dates or 21.4 percent of the year.