Indianapolis resentment

January 18, 2010
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Nearly a week has passed since the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute released a study showing urban counties in the state pay more in state taxes than they receive in benefits. In effect, tax revenue flows from cities to rural areas, Ball State University found.

The methodology has been criticized, mainly by people living in rural counties, but the results reflect similar studies in other states.

The study has both confirmed what people in the Indianapolis area have said for a long time—that funding flows are reasonably equitable—and rekindled discussion about the perpetual resentment toward Indianapolis.

State Rep. Bob Behning, a Plainfield Republican, says anti-Indianapolis sentiment is running at about the same fairly high level as when he was elected to the office in 1993. Behning’s District 91 includes parts of Marion and Morgan counties as well as a section of Hendricks County, which was second behind Vanderburgh County in paying more tax than it received.

He witnessed Indianapolis resentment surfacing again during the competition between Marian University in Indianapolis and Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion over the new osteopathic medical school snagged by Marian. One representative from the Marion area suggested Indiana Wesleyan should have gotten it because “Indianapolis has so many things, why don’t we share,” Behning recalls.

“Because people come from varied backgrounds in different communities, there will always be jealousy,” he says. However, Behning adds that Indianapolis is perceived as dragging too many of its problems, such as the Capital Improvement Board’s financial mess, to the doors of the Statehouse.

Nevertheless, he believes most of the resentment is unjustified. Indianapolis gets lots of attention because of its size and the unique issues it contends with—professional sports, for example. And for those same reasons it will for a long time to come.

What’s your take? Does the Indianapolis area get more than its fair share of the pot from the General Assembly? Are there legitimate reasons for the resentment?


 

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  • My take on Indy
    I think Indy should get more money from the General Assumbly. We live in a time where regions and large cities propel state economies. If you want to attract professional jobs, than you have to be able to put a great product on the table. Indy is the only city in Indiana that has star power right now. Our second biggest city has a laughable downtown, how do expect people to want to live in a city like that? Spend the money where you will get a return-INDY!
    • Out Growth Cost $20 Million Per Mile
      Mayor Brainard USGBC Speech / SMART GROWTH vs:

      The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of a Nation: and our State

      Sustainable Cityâ??s / Solve City Design Issues / Recreate Walkable Cityâ??s

      By Design: Happy Cars 1 to 5 Mile Grid vs. Happy People Walkable Grid
      No Connectivity; No Grid; Congestions traffic solution: Widen & More Roads????
      Land Capacity vs. Access Capacity / Loss of Quality of Life / Loss of Time /
      2 hrs of Traffic per day

      Bankrupting many Local and State Governments
      Creates: Abandon Housing / Crime / Historic Measures

      Facts:
      Average Household Drives 100 miles Per Day
      Average Lot size = .3 Acre
      Current rate of expansion in U.S. America = 0 Acres left by 2050
      Cost of Transportation / Energy Savings / Drainage Use / Etc.
      Once upon a time: Corner Stores â?? Goshen Indiana (Walk to work)
      Candy Store; Gelato; Bakery; Restaurants; Pharmacy; Coffee = Neighborhoods
      Auto% of households that have cars:
      1895â??1905 1920 1930 1950 1960 Today
      Start of Auto 25% Depression 50% 90% 2.5 cars per household
      â?¦..Not Sustainable Financially / (COSTS:)
      Roads = $5.2 Million per 1 Mile + Land + Sewer + Water + Utilities ++++
      Costs are hidden to Subsidize Sprawl: Road Out; Fire; Police; Utilities; Schools etc.
      = $20 Mil. Per Mile / Expense Spent Towards Out Growth
      ���Creating the Fiscal Problems of Today
      Solutions = â??Public & Private Partnership Investments Help Cities Growâ?? â?? Hudnut

      Solutions by Design:
      Urban Growth Boundaryâ??s / Force Public Investment Capital Back into Center

      Infill / Reconnect to the Center / Public Redevelopment Tool Box:
      Environmental Clean Up
      Housing
      Infrastructure
      Energy Sustainability
      Economic Development

      Solutions: Better Quality of Life / by Design:
      City & State Spending $ where they can get return on investment
      Create better Walkable road systems with in our walkable community
      Complete the Streets with Multi Modes of transportation
      Density Done Well â?? Mixed Use with in our Historic Commercial Nodes
      Pocket Parks â?? Reconnect our Neighborhoods our communityâ??s and our people.

      Cityâ??s and Neighborhoods that are walkable are the ones that will succeed
      Demand Reinvestment into the Center of our most dense locations and communityâ??s vs. Sprawl The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of a Nationâ?¦Subsidized by the foreign investment

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