The Reorganization Was Defeated

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, voters defeated the reorganization effort.

Incorporated Whitestown:  678 yes/757 no

Unincorporated Worth Township:  43 yes/363 no

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Whitestown Forum

We received the following notice from the Town of Whitestown.  Please remember to vote on November 6.

 

Town of Whitestown Press Release

 Streamlining Local Government inWhitestown and Worth Township

Town of Whitestown and Worth Township to Host “Merger of Local Governments” Informational Meeting

(Meeting will provide a question and answer forum on the proposed merger of local governments for the upcoming November 6, 2012 referenda vote.)

Whitestown, IN. (October 25) – The Town of Whitestown will host the evening of November 1st an informational meetings on the November 6 referenda vote. The “Merger of Governments” forum will provide information on the ballot question for the November election regarding the proposed merger of the Town of Whitestown and Worth Township into a single political entity.

“The proposed merger of Town and Worth Township is up for vote in the November 6 general election,” said Whitestown Town Council President Dawn Semmler. “We encourage voters to attend the informational meeting, visit our website and be educated on this important decision that will eliminate a layer of government in the community they live in.”

The meeting will take place Thursday, November 1 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for a question and answer at the Whitestown Fire Station located at 2695 S 575 EAST, WHITESTOWN, IN 46075

Voters can expect to hear from representatives advocating for the reorganized government. Town officials will be on hand at the meeting to answer questions about the proposed reorganized/merged town form of government.

 For more information on the November 6 referenda, Whitestown-Worth Township Reorganization Plan and Important Facts are available on the Town Official Website: www.whitestown.in.gov  and/or follow Town of Whitestown, Whitestown, Indiana on Facebook@ www.facebook.com/townofwhitestown

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The Final Question Is on the Ballot

The final Reorganization Plan has been approved by both the Worth Township Advisory Board and the Whitestown Town Council.  A copy can be found on the Reorganization Plan page.

The fate of the plan is now in the hands of the voters.  The question “Shall the Town of Whitestown and Worth Township reorganize as a single political subdivision?” will be placed on the November 6, 2012 ballot.

For the plan to pass, it must be approved by a majority of the registered voters of incorporated Whitestown and a majority of the registered voters of unincorporated Worth Township.  If either vote is not a majority, the plan will not pass.

Please cast your vote on November 6, 2012.

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May 24, 2012 Public Meeting

The Worth Township Advisory Board and the Whitestown Town Council will meet in a joint session for the purpose of a public workshop and study session regarding the reorganization.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012 and will be held at the Whitestown Fire Station (2695 S 575 East).

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December 1, 2011 Worth Township Public Meeting

The Worth Township Trustee and Advisory Board will host a public forum for the presentation of the reorganization plan on Thursday, December 1, 2011.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the LA Cafe, 4 S. Main Street, Whitestown.

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The Reorganization Plan Has Been Submitted

The Reorganization Plan was submitted to the governments of Worth Township and the Town of Whitestown on October 13, 2011.  A copy can be found on the Reorganization Plan page.

The governments of each unit must now review the plan.  They must also hold a public meeting in order to hear the plan.  We will attempt to keep you updated as to the time of these meetings on this home page.

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September 29, 2011 Committee Meeting Cancelled

The September 29, 2011 Committee Meeting was cancelled as the meeting had not been advertised properly.  The agenda will be continued Thursday, October 6, 2011.

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The Reorganization Plan Must Be Submitted by October 13, 2011

Our deadline for submission to the Worth Township Advisory Board and the Whitestown Town Council is October 13, 2011.  We will meet again Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. to wrap up outstanding items for the plan.  We hope to see you there.

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Next Meeting is September 15, 2011

Our next meeting is Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.  We will be meeting with members of the Whitestown Town Council to discuss the outline of the plan.  We will also be discussing outstanding issues regarding possible tax implications and the responsibilities of the committee regarding the final plan.  This will likely be our last meeting before the final plan is submitted.  Our deadline for submission to the Worth Township Advisory Board and the Whitestown Town Council is October 13, 2011.

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September 1, 2011 Committee Meeting

A general outline of the plan was given to the Worth Township Advisory Board on August 25, 2011.  We addressed some of their concerns with the transition period.  It is expected that a general outline will be presented to the Whitestown Town Council at its September 13 meeting.  It is also expected that the formal plan will be submitted to the individual governing bodies at their September and October meetings respectively.

There was quite a bit of discussion regarding the possible property tax impact of the reorganization.  Analyses completed by the Worth Township Trustee and the Reorganization Committee indicated that the impact on Worth Township residents may be more significant than expected.  There is still discussion of the completion of a formal fiscal impact analysis through an outside entity.

Our next meeting will be September 15, 2011.  We will discuss any concerns brought forth by the Whitestown Town Council and continue to discuss the possible property tax implications.

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