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Dan has spent more than 30 years representing taxpayers on the state and local level. He supports responsible tax policies and regulations that will promote business growth in the Indianapolis area.
Dan has spent more than 25 years serving with the Eastwood neighborhood association as President, Vice President, and current Treasurer, promoting families and a better quality of life in the area.
Dan is experienced at the city, county, and the state level, concerning taxes and finance, fiscal policy, budgets, enforcing tax controls, and ensuring the appropriate use of taxpayer funds.
Dear Neighborhood Leader:
I hope you will consider sharing this information with residents on your neighborhood email list.
I regret to inform you that this year, the City has pledged to resurface only one small neighborhood street segment in all of District 3(Winnpeny Lane). In my almost 12 years of Council service, and during the most constrained budget years, District 3 has never before received such a meager allocation of residential street resurfacing projects. My requests for additional residential street resurfacing was met with, "Your list is final."
I hope you will take the time to read how the City has attempted to justify District 3’s Transportation Improvement Program allocations compared to neighboring Council Districts and the skewed priorities in how City infrastructure dollars are being spent. I then encourage each of you to send emails to City officials demanding that District 3 receive its proportional amount of infrastructure funding. This being a Mayoral and Council Office election year, one would hope that requests for transparent and fair distribution of tax dollars would be heeded.
City invested $9 million in equipment and hiring 39 fulltime employees in 2018 to address residential street resurfacing needs.
This year District 3 received the least amount of residential resurfacing assigned in 12 years. How is that $9 million investment benefiting District 3?
An estimated $750K to $1million will be spent to rip up a recently refurbished sidewalk on Johnson Road and replace it with a 10 ft. wide path. The dangerously deteriorated Johnson Road adjacent to it will remain as is. Repeated pleas for Johnson Road resurfacing have been ignored.
City officials falsely insist that the Binford Boulevard resurfacing and intersection enhancements represent the largest City infrastructure investment this year. When asked for substantiation of this claim, DPW sent an unofficial list filled with errors and omissions of each Council District’s yearly project cost allocation.
DPW insisted local dollars were being used to fund the Binford project until proof that federal funds were being used was presented to them.
City ignores years of priority street resurfacing projects requested by District Councillor which were also found “in need” by DPW engineers. Without consulting Councillor, DPW selects one small residential street section as lone neighborhood resurfacing project.
Half the DPW projects listed on the “official” District 3 list are projects actually located in other Council Districts, presenting a false, inflated list of awarded District 3 infrastructure work. Repeated requests to correct the list have been ignored.
On June 17, 2019, City-County Councilor Christine Scales wrote to neighborhood leaders in her Council district complaining that the City of Indianapolis administration has pledged less resurfacing dollars in 2019 in her District than in the past 12 years that she has been on the Council. That level of funding is substantially below other Council districts. Councilor Scales then states her requests for additional street resurfacing were denied. She continues in her note to complain how “skewed” the City’s priorities are when allocating infrastructure dollars. As the Republican candidate for Council District 3, I agree completely with Councilor Scales that we must do more to ensure Council District 3 infrastructure is a priority for the City of Indianapolis.
City neighborhoods have been grossly neglected during the Hogsett administration with only minimal infrastructure spending even though the City received additional funding for roads. The State of Indiana distributed nearly $53 million in 2016 to Indianapolis with the condition that 75% be used exclusively for infrastructure, which included resurfacing. Instead, The City deposited those dollars in a “Revenue Stabilization Fund” to improve their bond rating. Despite these additional dollars, the Hogsett administration allowed our roads to nearly disintegrate creating hazards and causing extensive and expensive damage to automobiles and trucks over two relatively mild winters.
Council district 3 includes Binford Blvd, a major thoroughfare from I-69 down to Fall Creek Parkway. Much of the traffic from Hamilton, Madison, and other northern counties use Binford as a route to downtown. Also heavily used is Allisonville Road. Binford is finally seeing reconstruction and resurfacing that is desperately needed. What is not being addressed are the streets surrounding Binford Blvd and the other thoroughfares. That neglect is the subject of Councilor Scales complaint.
This year is the first time Mayor Hogsett will go to voters seeking re-election. It is good to see the City is finally making some progress on improving our roads and streets. Let’s hope we don’t need to wait another four years for the next municipal election year to see more progress. Council District 3 constituents may need to wait longer than that unless they vote to change the status quo.
Republican Candidate for Indianapolis-Marion County Council District 3