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  • 3/7/2018 As Trustee of Noblesville Township I feel compelled to respond to the factual errors and exaggerations presented by Mr. Williams in his recent letter to the editor published in The Times.
    First, I would like to point out that the correct salary for our board members is $12,400 annually. Mr. Williams incorrectly reported that it was $15,000. He also failed to mention the board’s current salary was a compromise in exchange for the elimination of township paid benefits such as medical insurance and PERF retirement accounts. The proposal for the elimination of township board benefits along with salary adjustments as compensation for the lost benefits was presented to the board by the Trustee. The proposal was designed to have a net zero impact on the township budget while protecting the township from future increases in benefit expenses. 
  • 3/6/2018 (Editor’s note: Mark F. Hall is a candidate for Hamilton County Council District 3)
    As a Hamilton County taxpayer, taxpayer advocate and fiscal conservative, the assumption that our Property Assessed Valuations will continue to rise perpetually is troubling. Specifically, I am gravely concerned with the assumption that future tax revenues will ALWAYS be there in a projected growth curve. This mindset leads to a spend first default mode, witnessing firsthand discussions in public county government meetings, a 4 percent annual increase appears to be merely assumed and baked into future spending.
  • 3/6/2018 As signs of spring are arriving and morning sunlight greets us once more, this Sunday Hoosiers living in Indiana’s 80 Eastern Time counties will be plunged back into dark mornings. Not so for Central Time Hoosiers where sunlight will arrive an hour earlier at 7 AM. The adoption of Eastern Daylight Time in 2006 brought a major shift in Eastern’s sunlight schedule, the negative effects of which continue to be recognized.
  • 2/23/2018 White River Township would like to clarify our past, current and future position of emergency services with Cicero Fire Department (CFD).
    Over the last 30 years, CFD has provided ambulance service to White River residents in the form of a memorandum of understanding and received compensation for services rendered. The only discussion with Cicero was in August 2017 when it was stated that there would need to be an increase in compensation paid by White River for ambulance services provided by Cicero. Budgets for 2018 must be received to the county and state officials by July 31st each year and White River officials knew this would be a problem to make changes (increases) in their budget. While White River is aware of rising costs to healthcare, the timing of this discussion made it impossible to make budgetary changes with the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF). To be proactive with this potential rise in ambulatory costs, our officials made requests to Cicero on September 20, 2017 for data to help us better evaluate our current position and be able to make an educated response for increasing this budget.
  • 2/21/2018 As the primary election approaches I feel it’s important for the voter to become familiar with some of the insider issues that may affect your voting pattern and specifically when considering incumbents and Township Government.
    Today I read that Pike Township in Marion County has a budget approaching $40 million and the Trustee is paid approximately $94,000 per year. Wow!
    The Pike Township board members are paid $5400 per year as per their published report printed in the Indianapolis Star Feb. 19, 2018.
    I am a past member of the Noblesville Township Board and have some knowledge of the requirements including the dedicated time required to attend meetings and preform these required statutory board duties.
  • 2/7/2018 Tri Kappa of Noblesville would like to say THANK YOU to the CITIZENS OF NOBLESVILLE and beyond for your generous donations to the 2017 Red Stocking Fund. You helped us surpass our goal of $10,000.00. We raised $13,709.00 for the Annual Tri Kappa Red Stocking Fund. 100% of the money donated will be distributed to the school children of Noblesville through the Noblesville Township Trustee’s Office and Noblesville Schools. Since 2006, the Community of Noblesville has raised over $147,000.00 through this fundraiser. 
  • 1/17/2018 “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy,” wrote Thomas Jefferson.
    Like it or not, journalists do the lion-share of reporting to Americans as to what its government, be it national, state, or local, is doing or considering.
    So during a time when we can choose from a multitude of news outlets, it’s important that we understand basic principles of journalism – independence, accuracy, fairness, the separation of opinion from news reporting.
    That education should start no later than high school with students learning the responsibilities that come with the freedom of speech and freedom of the press guaranteed by the First Amendment.
  • 1/17/2018 Keeping in mind the constantly changing national news – by the day or even the hour – I would like to put forth some thoughts based upon my own ideological frame of reference:
  • 12/21/2017 It is hard to imagine anyone taking the place of State Representative Kathy Richardson.  Rep. Richardson is a fierce champion for her constituents and for her hometown - Noblesville.  As we look at next year’s election to replace her, it is imperative that we entrust the seat to someone who, like Kathy, knows Noblesville and the unique issues our city faces.  Greg O’Connor, our fellow common council member, is that person.  
  • 12/21/2017 In an announcement Wednesday, the Noblesville Parks Department revealed that they voted not to renew their lease of property within Forest Park to the Indiana Transportation Museum (“ITM”). Our group is very disappointed, albeit not surprised, to learn of Wednesday’s display of continued political maneuvering aimed at further eroding and degrading the continuity of the Nickel Plate railroad throughout Hamilton County and Central Indiana. It’s especially disappointing after considering the Rail to Trail Conservancy’s report on Rails with Trails; which clearly depicts the combination as one of the best solutions for developing trails along active rail corridors.
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