Commentary by Mark Hall
My entire voting life, I’ve been told “all elections matter,” “all votes matter,” and they most certainly do. The 2019 Noblesville municipal elections are no exception. In fact, I believe they are especially important for 2020 as we elect and transition into a new administration. But the data shows that this election also is critical for 2050 when our city will look vastly different.
The policies that our next administration implements will determine if and how Noblesville will grow. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, we have almost 62,000 residents in Noblesville, up 18 percent since 2010.
The argument that this election matters more than most to the citizenry of Noblesville is sound. How the next administration plans for and executes against projected growth will define the quality of life in 2050 Noblesville. Picture in your mind the differences required in a city with 150,000 residents verses Noblesville today with 62,000 residents: city services, police, traffic, fire, ambulance, parks, transportation, green space and general infrastructure, to name a few. The list goes go on and on, but leave it to be said that it will be dramatically different in 2050 Noblesville.
City officials will not get any “mulligans” on this one; they must get it right. They need to recognize and plan for growth, monitor the progress and adjust if, or as, needed. Growth like this requires steady fiscal policies, sound accountable leadership and an abundance of communication.
The administration that we elect in 2019 will take on the immediate challenges. They deserve our support and encouragement. At the same time, the new administration must be mindful of and have an eye toward 2050 Noblesville, when our children and grandchildren are living with the consequences of policy that began in 2020.
Mark Hall is a candidate for Noblesville Common Council in District 1. For more, visit markfhall.com.