Majority, not ‘best interest,’ needed for town decision
To the editor:
Reading the articles (recently regarding the town of Center Grove), Commissioners John Price and Troy Dehart stated that they are not going to decide on Center Grove area becoming a town by what the majority of the people want, but by what they personally feel is best for us.
Are we all children? We have to have the government officials tell us what is best for us? What difference does it make if it is feasible and realistic or not?
We voted the officials into office to represent what the majority of the people want. Not what they feel is in our “best interests” — quoting what Cassie Burnett thinks.
We do not want any more taxes to pay for what we already have. We don’t want any more government. We do not want any control from the Veldkamps and their associates. They will be the ones running the “town.”
If we don’t have a vote or any say-so to have a town in the first place, then why will we have a say-so when it is a town?
If we have a new “town tax” that the Citizens 4 Center Grove are asking for, and they also bring the property tax up to the full 2 percent cap — not to mention that the new town assessor would assess your home higher so that you will even pay more taxes — not less — as Jody Veldkamp says.
The bigger the assessment, the more the taxes. I believe that will be enough to make people lose their homes.
By the way, their projected figures in (the Aug. 16) paper were completely wrong.
A figure of $235 per-year added tax on a $187,700 is only .12 cents, not 25.9, so therefore your taxes will really be $486.14, more than double their figures they turned in, and if they make these kind of mistakes in their projections, I don’t think I would like them to handle the business of a new town.
Those are the same projections we get from all politicians and is the reason everything is in the red all the time, and at least more than half of the people who live in Center Grove have houses worth much more than the median value.
Have the commissioners noticed the foreclosures all over White River Township? They might drive around and take a look sometime, or they could read page after page of them in the Daily Journal.
We all know if we can pay more taxes. Check out Carmel and see what they are paying in taxes for the same home value compared with what we pay, then you will know what we will end up with.
Donations will be appreciated for yard signs opposing the town at 3506 Newhouse Place, Greenwood, IN 46143.
The next petition drive to show support for not creating a town will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at North Grove Elementary School, 3280 W. Fairview Road, Greenwood. I hope the (school) will be big enough to hold all the “No Town” people.