Fishers residents to decide town's fate

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — Reorganize or stay the same? That's the question residents in Fishers will see on their November ballot.

Town leaders are trying to explain what each choice means for residents in a series of town hall meetings.

The Future of Fishers meetings explain the two questions on the November ballot, the three options for Fishers' future form of government and the main differences between the three.

The first ballot question will ask, "Shall the town of Fishers and Fall Creek Township reorganize as a single political subdivision?"

The second question says, “Shall the town of Fishers change into a city?"

On Tuesday, the town hosted the second of six meetings to inform residents.

Claudia Dille, who moved to Fishers three years ago because of the low tax rate, says she was confused but left Tuesday’s meeting with a better understanding.

“I didn't really know anything about any of these issues,” Dille said. “That is why I came to find out more.”

The first option is to stay a town. That would require residents to vote no on question one and two said Town Manager Scott Fadness.

“The second option is to eliminate Fall Creek Township and merge into a reorganized city. To do that, you are going to vote yes on question one and no on two,” Fadness said.

And the final option lets voters choose if they want a city council and mayor like their neighbors in Carmel and Noblesville.

If so, “you are going to vote no on question one and yes on two,” Fadness said.

Supporters say reorganizing could save the city $1 million yearly by merging the town and township.

Opponents disagree and fear reorganization could raise taxes on residents.

Nevertheless, Dille likes the idea of shaping the town's future.

“Right now I live in an area that is still surrounded by cornfields, so it's not totally developed yet,” Dille said. “But it is still exciting to watch and have a little bit of a say in it.”

The meetings happen at Fishers Town Hall Auditorium located at 1 Municipal Drive in the Fishers Municipal Complex. The other four meetings will be held on:

Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Oct. 4, 8 a.m. Oct. 10, 6 p.m. Oct. 24, 6 p.m.

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