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Fishers debates whether to remain a town or become a city

September 29, 2012

Reorganizing Fishers and merging it with Fall Creek Township would have no impact on Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ bottom line, the school board announced.

The school corporation recently looked at the issue in response to rumors that reorganization would mean a loss of $500,000 in annual revenue.

Citizens to Reorganize Fishers is touting the school corporation’s independent analysis as another reason to support their cause, which is competing with two other options: Keep Fishers as a town, or convert to a traditional second-class city.

The future form of government will be determined by how voters respond to two separate ballot questions on Nov. 6.

“I am grateful that the HSE School Board took the time to adequately review the numbers and came to the conclusion that the rumors were false,” Wayne M. Crane, chairman of Citizens to Reorganize Fishers, stated in a press release.

The form of government in Fishers has been a hot topic over the past five years because, with a population of about 79,000, it’s an unusually large town in Indiana. Some residents have wanted to make Fishers a city with an elected mayor, but opponents of the change argue that the town form of government contributes to its low tax rate.

The merger with Fall Creek Township would also mean that Fishers would reorganize as a different kind of city, in which the city council appoints a mayor, but day-to-day management remains with a professional administrator.•

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