Budget cuts key issue in election; Commissioner candidates don’t agree on methods


WTS - Johnson County Commissioner candidate Daniel Hardcastle Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Daily Journal in Franklin, Indiana.

WTS - Johnson County commissioner candidate Ron West Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Daily Journal in Franklin, Indiana. STAFF PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON/sroberson@dailyjournal.net

Two candidates for county commissioner agree that the county will likely need to cut spending in the future but differ about how to do that.

Republican candidate Ron West believes the county may have to consider offering another early-retirement incentive to county employees, but he also said the county could save money by training employees to do work in other offices.

Democrat candidate Daniel Hardcastle doesn’t want to offer another early retirement or lay off any workers, but he worries that might be necessary in the future if significant cuts are needed.

West and Hardcastle both are running for a seat on the three-member board of commissioners.

The District 3 seat represents the northern portion of Johnson County, including White River, Pleasant and Clark townships. Currently, the seat is filled by Commissioner John Price, but he is not running for re-election because he is running for a state representative seat. All county voters are able to vote for commissioner.

One of the top issues facing their area is the discussion of forming a town of Center Grove in White River Township. Under current state legislation, the three county commissioners are the ones who would make that decision as long as a neighboring city doesn’t block it.


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