Area voters to decide on Greenwood merger

Voters will decide next spring whether to merge the suburban Indianapolis city of Greenwood with much of a neighboring
township.

Approval of the merger would nearly double Greenwood’s population of about 47,000 and create the
state’s sixth-largest city.

The White River Township Board voted 3-0 Tuesday to advance the merger plan,
a day after the Greenwood City Council voted 4-3 in favor of the proposal. Voters in both the township and the city would
have to approve the merger in a May 4 referendum for it to take effect Jan. 1, 2011.

Township board President
Mark Messick says the population of the unincorporated area has grown so much that Johnson County can’t provide the police
protection and other services.

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