Nearly four years have passed since Eagle and Union townships reorganized with Zionsville to become one municipality, and many town officials are seeing its benefits.
“For being the first community to (reorganize) and not really having a road map for it, I think it has worked out really well,” said Jeff Papa, Zionsville town council president and former Eagle Township trustee. “We haven’t seen any major downsides since implementing it.”
The process for reorganization began in 2007, was put on a ballot in 2008, and officially implemented in 2010.
Papa said the main impetus for reorganization was when Whitestown annexed part of Eagle Township in 2007.
“We had a lot of Eagle residents ask (the township trustees) if there was anything we could do,” he said. “As a township, there wasn’t much we could do because that is left to towns and cities.”
Papa said they decided to look at the Government Modernization Act, which was passed in 2006 by the Indiana General Assembly.
“As Whitestown proceeded with annexation, the rest of Eagle became very interested in reorganization,” he said. “As we started looking into it, Union became interested, and we didn’t see a whole lot of downsides of reorganization.”
One of the most important pieces of the reorganization plans was having two separate taxing and service districts — rural and urban.
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