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February 28, 2013

WHO WE ARE: Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman believes we need to keep on pushing

GOSHEN — Allan Kauffman grew up in Goshen, graduated from Goshen High School and later Goshen College. He got married, raised a family here and worked many years in the office supply business, all while serving multiple terms on Goshen’s City Council.

Sixteen years ago he was appointed mayor and has since won re-election four times. During those 16 years Kauffman has become active in the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and has played a large role in advocating the interests of municipalities in the Statehouse.

To him, Goshen is a special place that he has dedicated his life to making stronger and better.

“I have always said that if Goshen is going to grow, we need to be a community that we’re proud of,” Kauffman said recently while sitting in his office inside the former Carnegie Library on South Fifth Street. “In 20 years I hope Goshen is a place that people who live here are proud to call home. Same as today.”

Challenges ahead

As part of The Goshen News’ special “Who We Are” publication in today’s paper, we asked Kauffman to talk about what he would like Goshen to look like 20 years from now. He is optimistic about the potential, but also realistic about the challenges associated with continued growth.

“Honestly,” he said, “it’s going to be a lot harder to take care of ourselves over the next 20 years as it has been the past 20 years.”

Kauffman pointed toward reduced property tax incomes as a result of property tax caps implemented several years ago by the Indiana Legislature. City officials have been adjusting ever since to make ends meet without sacrificing city services.

It hasn’t been easy, he said, and new solutions need to be considered in the future.

“We’ve scrimped along and done some things to cope with the curves we’ve been thrown the last few years, but the trick bag is running empty,” Kauffman explained. “We don’t have many tricks left short of cutting services.”

Politically speaking, Kauffman believes Goshen needs to adopt a trash collection fee in the future to help subsidize the $750,000 it costs annually for the city to provide that service currently paid from property taxes. Kauffman would also like the community to have the opportunity to discuss a food and beverage tax, something the state allows counties bordering Indianapolis to have, but not other counties.

Kauffman calls that a “fairness issue,” and believes slower-growth communities outside the immediate orbit of Indy could use that type of revenue even more.

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