Special census nets Carmel millions
HAMILTON COUNTY – The city of Carmel is clearly one of the fastest-growing in Indiana. But now, thanks to a special census, its leaders know exactly how fast. In just seven years, Carmel’s population has increased 35 percent.
As a result, the city will receive an extra $3.5 million in tax funds from the state of Indiana.
Carmel conducted the special census in the summer of 2007. It updated the 2004 count, which was based on data from the census taken in 2000. The special census showed that Carmel now has a total population of 68,677 people who live in 26,154 housing units. The count included residents living inside Carmel’s current city
limits. It did not include southwest Clay Township or Home Place. “Because tax dollars are tied to population, this new count will help the city get the maximum possible amount of state tax dollars returned to the community to keep our city tax rate one of the lowest in Indiana,” said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard in a statement. Carmel’s special census cost $900,000, so the city’s immediate net gain for the project was just over $2.5 million. Carmel plans to spend the extra money on road projects.