Letter: Carouselgate: The Final Chapter



Whether you were for or against the carousel and luxury hotel, what seems like a split decision was actually a win for all Carmel residents in at least three ways:

1) The debate sparked a community conversation about spending priorities as well as who makes spending decisions and how those decisions are made.

2) We learned quite a bit about our council representatives in the process, starting with who they are and how to contact them.  Most important was how they responded to citizen concerns, or if they chose not to respond.

3) Since we’ve been assured that we can easily meet our debt obligations, we now get to break out the wish lists.  If we can afford $15 million for a luxury hotel and $8 million for a German Christmas market, it’s hard to turn down other projects that benefit the community as a whole. I’d start by asking the police and fire departments if there is anything they need, then on to the parks and streets departments. I’d then go to Carmel citizens and ask what they suggest, and let me be first in line: How about a pedestrian overpass over 136th street for Carmel High School students?

Dr. Tim Hannon, Carmel



  1. Robert E. Waring on

    How about fix the sewer system that routinely contaminate and destroy taxpayer homes, property and belongings, not to mention disease and rot? That would be nice. It’s not a new problem either, it’s not even an issue they’re unaware of, it’s just one that’s been ignored for 15 years (That I now of)… Not all lives matter in Carmel.

  2. How about not digging up streets, such as Rangeline, and roundabouts that were in working order, just to spending money to “upgrade” them. What our city govt is doing is sinking millions of our tax dollars into the equivalent of home improvement that doesn’t build equity. If our tax money can’t be spent fast enough, put it in a rainy day fund conservatively invested in US govt bonds and stipulate that we can only spend interest. I agree regarding fixing sewer.

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