Goshen has been able to expand its bicycle/pedestrian network, which has drawn thousands of people outside to enjoy the trails and interact with fellow residents. Our parks are well maintained and potholes get filled pretty quick. In other words, the City Council and mayor have been able to provide the necessities of everyday life for Goshen residents while improving the quality of life. That’s all been due to adequate funding of government services.
But we are now worried that the Hoosier zeal to save tax dollars by putting the tax caps in the Constitution, combined with the economic downturn, may have harmful effects on our city. The mayor has sounded the alarm bell, so we should not be surprised if he asks the City Council for a trash collection fee to boost revenues.
We don’t think there is widespread support for such a fee, but residents should be aware that city government cannot keep providing services unless those services are funded in some way.