To the editor:
Two recent letters to the editor have left me wondering when the sky will begin to fall in Center Grove because the incorporation of the town is being proposed.
What are Ann Reaume (Sept. 4) and Gary Gresham (Sept. 3) afraid of?
I sensed a common theme of helplessness about government. Ms. Reaume claims the proposed budget is the “… same projections we get from all politicians and is the reason everything is in the red all the time.”
Mr. Gresham was even more bleak, blaming a number of issues that have nothing to do with being a town. He says “high unemployment, a rising cost of living, an announced property tax reassessment” are reasons why the town is “unjust and wrong.”
While I sympathize with their frustrations with government and the current economy, projecting their personal views and worries onto the idea of incorporation is an irrelevant distraction.
The Indiana law allowing incorporation clearly states that the commissioners should decide what is “in the best interest of the territory involved.”
So once the petition is accepted, the three county commissioners are charged with the task of following the law of the State of Indiana. Whether commissioner A thinks that it should be the decision of the majority of the people or whether the commissioner B believes there should be a vote by all the people in the territory or commissioner C believes that the unemployment rate is too high is irrelevant because we are a nation of laws.
The commissioners are charged with following the law and not what their personal viewpoint is today or tomorrow or the day the vote takes place. It is not an easy task, but the law states the process that must be followed.
I ask the people of unincorporated White River Township to ignore the emotional reactions of the no-towners and begin to look for the facts and truth of the incorporation process.
Please enter the discussion with openness and consider whether we will be better served by three commissioners (only one of which is representing our area) or by five elected town council members and an elected clerk-treasurer.
Yes, some of the proposed town services will continue to be contracted through the county. But just like the day when we all have to decide to move out of our parents’ house (even though they are providing shelter, electricity, water, groceries etc.) it is time for the people of Center Grove to be self-reliant and financially responsible for our area.
The structure of the county government system has done the best it could do for unincorporated White River Township. But putting town government into place will allow active, interested citizens to take the town in the direction desired by the people living in and affected by the decisions of the town council.
The structure of town government is intended to serve different needs than county government.
I ask you to ignore the-sky-is-falling mentality of the no-towners and begin to consider people in Center Grove who might be elected to the town council and the clerk-treasurer position.
Center Grove is a wonderful place to live with many citizens who would be great candidates for these positions, people we can trust to keep cost of government low, hold the line on the budget, take very seriously the best interests of the community with vision and courage to stand up for what is right — and not the self-serving views of the squeaky wheels in our community.
Leadership is never easy but is much needed in Center Grove today.