Residents have been telling county commissioners what they think about a proposal to make the Center Grove area into a town, and most say they don’t want to pay higher taxes.
Commissioner John Price said the incorporation issue has been just as heated as the Greenwood-White River Township merger was two years ago, and he’s been stopped in public about it. Most residents are telling him they don’t want a property tax increase, that they’re happy with the services they’re getting now and they don’t see the need for an additional layer of government.
He’s received 40 phone calls about the issue, and all but 10 are from people who are opposed.
Commissioner Tom Kite said all 19 calls he received so far are opposed.
Jody Veldkamp, a board member with the Citizens for Center Grove group that’s backing a new town, said that opponents are always more vocal than supporters and that opponents were making a concerted effort to defeat the proposal.
The commissioners should consider what’s in the best long-term interest of the Center Grove area, Veldkamp said.