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Commentary by Larry Lannan

The first half of 2013 is already behind us. The Town of Fishers has a lot on its plate in the second half of the year. Let’s take a look at some of the big issues ahead.

July is the time of year local governments in Indiana begin the budget process. Fishers Town Council members will soon meet to begin making decisions on spending priorities for 2014. The budget process can be very tedious and filled with small details, but how our elected officials choose to spend the public money available says a lot about their priorities.

As we all now know, Fishers will have its first city election in 2014. Candidates must file for office early in 2014 with the primary balloting set for May 6. With three at-large and six council seats elected by district, the town council must draw those district lines before candidates can begin to decide whether to run for any of the council seats. The current town council members have always been elected at large, but when the city elections begin, council candidates in the six districts will only run within their district. That makes redistricting more important than ever.

Town council members have decided in a work session to reject the bids for town-wide trash collection and rebid with new specifications. Formal action should be scheduled in an upcoming council session. The new bid guidelines are expected to include options for certain individuals and homeowners associations to opt-out of any town contract

After the fair train ends its run in August, construction is slated to begin on a mixed building project for commercial and apartment residential space on the town hall grounds, across from the post office. This will include a badly needed parking garage. The construction will greatly change the look and feel of the town complex and the downtown area of Fishers.

The state legislature passed a measure in the last session allowing Fishers to implement a local restaurant tax. The deadline for the town council to approve this idea is the end of 2013. The council is not expected to move on this unless a major employer steps forward to locate in Fishers. Rumors abound, but no official announcements have made as of this writing.

The first half of the year in Fishers has been filled with plenty of news items. During the second half, it looks like the town will be making news again.

 

 

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