“That’s a policy decision we need to talk about,” Johnson said. “We need to know how much the town wants to put into this program. We talked about ratcheting down the percent we match, but the town council needs to be integral in that discussion.”
Council President Jeff Papa asked Johnson if they have ever had unused funds at the end of the year.
“Since 2009, we’ve had quite a bit reverted back to the general fund,” Johnson said. “I am not saying that we are considering that our money in any way, but it shows that we have not hit that $50,000 mark in previous years.”
Councilman Steve Mundy offered his thoughts before the vote.
“The impact these projects have are ones that everyone sees,” he said. “I think this is a fair request since it’s a significant makeover, and I like that you are looking at ratcheting back your percentage matched.”
ALSO AT THE MEETING:
The council appointed Katie Culp to the redevelopment commission. The commission had a vacancy after Dax Norton was hired as the town manager of Whitestown.
The council reappropriated more than $42,000 from the tax increment financing district fund to the line item for the 106th Street water and sewer project.
“These are not new monies,” said Wayne DeLong, director of planning and economic development. “This is a reimbursement from Citizen’s on a change in parts for the joints in the water project. The money came into the town coffers. We are now getting that money back into the line item to facilitate the completion of that project.”
The council also made it possible for a new compliance director to be hired before the end of the year. The council passed several measures including adding the position to the salary ordinance and appropriating money to fund the position until the end of the year.