COVID-19 has changed our daily lives and what we do to keep ourselves and loved ones safe. In our household, we've taken in my 97 year old Mother-In-Law from an Assisted Living home that despite their best efforts had several C-19 potential positives.
This fall's election should be treated with the same degree of caution. It is not going to be 'business as usual' and we should be urgently and creatively looking for ways to enhance and protect our voting systems as if our democracy depends on it (because it does)!
We need to take a fresh look at our systems and invest in people and technology going forward to have secure, safe, fair elections.
Ever driven down Olio or Carey Roads, or any number of county roads, after a hard rain?
Simply putting up 'High Water!' signs is not a drainage plan.
I've lived in Westfield for 14 years and new housing keeps popping up along Carey yet the same tired 'High Water' signs continue to be used.
We need better ordinances that insist on developers paying a fair share of costs incurred to improve infrastructures that they impact.
And we need a Surveyors Office and Drainage Board that do more than just assess fees on our properties. Effectively working together they should be addressing problem areas like these.
Local government continues to use Tax abatements and Tax Increment Financing (TIF)s ostensibly to spur growth.
Unfortunately, these type fiscal tools do not add tax revenue yet bear added costs to service public safety, increased school enrollment, etc.
A recent Purdue study revealed when used inappropriately TIFs simply shift tax burden from the area of development to elsewhere (as in You and Me).
Likewise, a study by Ball State found that tax abatements as a job creation tool are "minimally effective" and correlate "with
higher effective tax rates on existing households and businesses within a county".
Hamilton county is a desirable area and community. It's unlikely we need any of these type of incentives as economic growth will continue organically.