Why I Support Annexation
My name is Ron Merkel. I have been a Dayton business owner and resident since 1999. I was also a proud member of the Dayton Town Council for 10 years. I work in Indianapolis but enjoy the comfort of a small town with the luxury of having a larger city nearby for shopping and recreation. I am personally for a small amount of growth over a small period of time for several reasons. Before I get into those reasons let me take a minute to point out that we have written several articles on our site wearedaytontoo.com in the Your Voice Tab that explain the various reasons annexation is good for a town. Please take a moment to look over our site.
The first reason would be needed income to the town. It is true that property tax revenue is tailored to be revenue neutral, however, there is revenue generated without raising the levy merely from the increase in the towns valuation. As home values are increased and homes added, the valuation of the town increases. This figure is multiplied by a percentage, which is the levy, and the result is the total tax revenue the town receives. If you look at the letter from Mr. Plantenga on our web site, you will see that he estimates added revenue to the town in the neighborhood of $77,000. There are other revenues that would be generated from wheel tax, local income tax and other taxes that are generated based on population.
The second reason would be sustainment of our water utility. Since we buy our water and sewer from Lafayette we are really at the mercy of the Lafayette water company when it comes to water rates. It’s no secret that volume buying helps decrease your costs or at least sustain your costs for a longer period of time. With the added customers and no infrastructure costs to the town, this will bring more revenue to the town to help us contend to the ever rising rate increases from the town of Lafayette.
The third reason for me is just plain community growth. I would like to see a nice park in our town and perhaps a few businesses where we could congregate as friends and enjoy each other’s company. Businesses simply cannot sustain in a small town without some small population growth. We have a great community. Why would we not want to share it?
I want to touch on one more thing. I said small growth, what does this mean? It means a small development every 20-25 years. The reason for this is so a small town does not overload their pocket books by creating several developments in a small amount of time which will create extensive repair costs 20 years down the road. The town council has not allowed a development in 25 years, so I think they are on the right track and have been on the right track for years. For some to suggest that there will be immediate growth on the property west of Dayton Road simply are not looking at the history of the town council.