Letter: Councilors explain trash fee voting decision

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Editor, 

When we first decided to seek the office of Noblesville Common Council, our objective was to have a voice to help mold the future of the city we love. Many proposed projects, such as new trails, additional public safety, downtown infrastructure and more were yet to be funded.

No one likes to pay more taxes or fees, and as Republican leaders it goes against our very nature to impose more fees on residents. This week, the Noblesville Common Council voted to approve a user fee associated with trash pick-up.

With the passing of property tax caps in 2009, the game changed in terms of municipal funding. While services such as trash pick-up have long been paid for out of the general fund, we are now faced with unfunded infrastructure projects and an ever-tightening budget.

We asked many questions while considering this vote. We discussed this proposal with our constituents, and we appreciate the residents who attended and spoke at the public forum on Tuesday night. Our job is to vote for what we feel is right for the majority of the people, for what we feel is best for Noblesville.

It was important to us that the city created provisions in the fee to help those in need; the reduced rate plans are good, and we are all willing to help those who need assistance in filing the paperwork to receive the benefits outlined in the ordinance. To learn more about the property tax discount, or for more information on the trash fee, visit www.cityofnoblesville.org.

It is important to us that we have a plan on how to utilize the increased bottom line, and we are all committed to moving Noblesville forward. We each have a true love for this city. Noblesville is our home. We will never shy away from the opportunity to wisely invest in the long-term health and prosperity of a place we love. This is an investment we are confident will propel Noblesville forward.

Chris Jensen

District 2

cjensen@noblesville.in.us

Wil Hampton

District 4

whampton@noblesville.in.us

Megan Wiles

District 6

mwiles@noblesville.in.us


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