By Matt Werner
Zionsville — Zionsville Town Council President Jeff Papa said the town has turned the corner after suffering funding shortages from property tax caps.
“Since the tax caps went into place, it hit Zionsville really hard,” he said. “Being capped at 1 percent and more than 90 percent residential was tough. Fortunately, the past town councils and town staff have worked hard and built up a pretty good amount of reserves while we righted the ship.”
Papa said last year’s cuts were to the point where if they wanted to make any more cuts, it would have to be personnel, which the board did not want to do.
“When we approved it, it showed a deficit of $400,000 to $500,000,” he said. “Throughout the course of the year, the town staff was able to underspend, and the budget came out even.”
The overall increase to this year’s budget is 6 percent, but for the first time in four years, the budget is balanced.
“We are not spending down our reserves for the first time in about four years,” said Town Manager Ed Mitro. “We have increased our (assessed value), and the (county option income tax) went up about $400,000 from last year. We are seeing a lot more development and construction to increase our revenues as the economy starts to bounce back.”
Mitro and Papa said the town tried hard to keep the budget exactly where it was a year ago but couldn’t.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.