Spencer likened that situation to the Brownsburg population influx during race season because of the track.
He also said it’s a proactive approach to problems that may arise.
“It’s an insurance policy,” Spencer said. “There are things that we buy as a public that we don’ really utilize or we never expect to utilize. Insurance is the one that, obviously, glaringly steps out. We all buy insurance and we hope we never have to use it.”
He listed other examples such as immunizations, smoke detectors, or even backup generators at hospitals as things people buy and hope they never have to use, but if they do, they’re glad they have them.
Spencer then asked that his fellow council members defeat the amendment.
“I appreciate Mr. Hood’s suggestion that this come back before us, (but) I think it’s time that this community recognize the need to spend some money on public safety,” he said. “ … If we’re going to put ourselves on the map, ladies and gentleman, we have to be able to protect ourselves. This is about protecting these guys in the room (members of the police force who were on hand). I want to be able to say we were the first in Hendricks County to recognize this and request it and afford it and be proud of the fact that we afforded it. I want to be proactive.”
Hood called for a vote, which fell 3-2, with Spencer and Councilman Dave Richardson opposing, to uphold the amendment.
The motion was then made to pass the amended budget ordinance, which passed 4-1, with Spencer opposing.