Letter: Smart, proactive planning makes Fishers a great place to live

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Editor,

Fishers is not the same city it was just five or six years ago. We’re a city that continues to grow rapidly and the latest, full census, completed in 2010, doesn’t accurately reflect our population or our city’s growing needs.

That’s why last year, the City of Fishers requested a partial special census for selected high-growth areas. The count, which was finalized at the end of last month, came four years before the next regularly scheduled census in 2020.

Fishers’ fast growth over the years means that the per capita distributions the city was receiving from the state were well under what our current population mandates. The special census put Fishers’ population at nearly 88,000 (87,887 to be exact). The 2010 census count recorded a population of 78,222.

The accurate count will allow the city to receive an increase in per capita revenue distributions from 2017 to 2021. That means additional funds for things that make a difference to Fishers residents, like road improvements and infrastructure projects.

The special census will yield the city more than $2 million in additional revenue.

The special census is an innovative solution that capitalizes on growth in the developing part of Fishers that the city wouldn’t have otherwise seen until 2021. It’s this kind of proactive, smart planning that makes Fishers a great place to live now and for many years to come.

John Weingardt
City of Fishers City Council president

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