Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

November 10, 2012

Letter to the editor Nov. 10, 2012


— To the Editor:

The Town Council of Avon wants to "involuntary annex" approximately 125 acres of farm ground in Washington Township.

We have repeatedly told the town that we wish our farm to remain in the county, and do not want to be in the Town of Avon, or any other town.

In 2006, the Town of Avon started the process to "involuntary annex" our property. We explained to the Town of Avon, that our farm was not for sale, was not going to be developed, and would remain an operational farm. They finally stopped the process.

Now, six years later, they are trying again, even though our farm is still not for sale, has no plans for development, and is still an operational farm.

There are numerous reasons we do not wish to be in any town. Certain Indiana state laws will no longer apply that are important to our farming operation, certain town ordinances that have been "promised exemption from" could be changed at the whim of the current or next town council, and we will eventually sustain an increase in taxes owed with absolutely no change in services already provided by the county.

We have explained to the Avon Town Manager and Avon Town Council that we will fight this in court, and let the judge decide, if forced to. This is going to be very costly for us. However, we believe strongly, that a "council" that we could not vote for, does not make decisions regarding our property.

What this means to us, the land owners, is that a town council that we have absolutely no "voice" in, is attempting to decide what is "Best for Us." Most importantly, they are willing to spend upwards of $40,000 to try to force our joining the town.

What this means to you, the residents of Avon, is that the potential $40,000 your town council is going to spend in this wasteful legal action is your tax dollars.

Your taxes just went up!

If the Town of Avon has an extra $40,000 to waste on a frivolous court battle, maybe you, the taxpayers, should ask for it back.

Please help stop this waste of your tax dollars by attending the next Avon Town Council meeting on Nov. 15 and voice your displeasure.

If you can not attend the council meeting, please contact the individual Avon Town Council members via e-mail to voice your displeasure.


Denny Grundy