Fishers City vs. Town Initial Report to be Debated
Many of you have been following the discussion around whether the Town of Fishers should remain a town or become a city government. A 44-person study group was appointed by the Fishers Town Council earlier this year to host town hall meetings and research their options. Meanwhile, a political action committee formed spearheaded by Greg Purvis called City Yes Now. His group is promoting that Fishers puts the referendum on the May 2010 primary ballot, just five months after the Geist annexation is final. Many suspect that Fishers will call a special election prior to the annexation being finalized in an effort to suppress the anticipated pro-city voters from Geist.
“The timing which we recommend will permit the residents of the Geist area, recently annexed by the Fishers Town Council, to have a voice in determining the future of the community,” said Purvis. “If the Town Council schedules the referendum for this fall, as has been rumored, it will deny these new citizens of Fishers the right to participate in deciding an issue which will impact them for decades. A vote this fall would, therefore, be grossly unfair to them and should be avoided.”
Timing aside, the bigger issue is whether or not the Town of Fishers should go from a 7-person town council voted at-large to a city government consisting of a Mayor with a city council voted by districts. If Fishers were to become a city, a resident’s ballot would have the names of those city council nominees from their district only. Currently, every Fishers town council nominee is on every ballot regardless of district and the top seven are elected to the board, even if they all live on the same street.
The initial report drafted by former Indiana attorney general Steve Carter reads like a “pro-Town” brochure.
>> Download a copy of the Fishers Draft Report (PDF)
A discussion around this report will be held at the Fishers Town Hall on Monday, August 24th at 7:00 pm.