WFIU’s Joe Hren sat down with Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray to share her thoughts on the possible elimination of the business personal property tax and how it would hurt the city budget as well as a new splash park the city hopes to open by July 4th. Listen to their full conversation above.
Here are some highlights:
Hren: More than 20 percent of your budget would be lost if the state legislation continues with the elimination of the business personal property tax. Will this really help the Indiana business climate?
Murray: I think some of us are skeptical in what kind of an impact is this really going to have on business development. I understand compromise, but again, it’s with no replacement. And I think many of us are concerned it’s the first slip of a slope that has a pretty steep decline.
Hren: Let’s talk about something other than winter storms, how is the progress on the new splash pad you hope to have ready by July?
Murray: Our infant pool has been closed down for the last two years. The Greencastle Civic League came up with the splash park project and we thought that would be a better than trying to re-open the infant wading area. They are raising a $150,000 to match a DNR grant to begin construction.
Hren: Ivy Tech has been going through consolidation throughout the state. Ivy Tech Greencastle moved from the Wabash Valley chapter to the Greater Indianapolis Ivy Tech system. Is this a good fit?
Murray: It is a good fit. I think what we’re going to see an emphasis from advance manufacturing, welding back to a RN nursing program… doing things with logistics we haven’t been able to do. I think they see us as being a regional hub for the area between Indianapolis and the greater Putnam County area.