As the Fiscal Conservatives of Hamilton County gain notoriety resulting from our election successes, it comes as no surprise that our group would come under greater scrutiny from those feeling threatened by our message. We feel now might be a good time to offer a quick review of who we are and what we stand for.
A group of five concerned citizens, all from Fishers, united together in July 2017, to share our public disgust with County Councilor Jeff Hern ; a man that all of us helped get elected as Fall Creek Township Trustee back in 2010 and again in 2014. Later, when he ran for County Council, he was charged with and admitted to the theft of a fellow Republican’s campaign signs. If interested, you can hear a podcast with Larry Lannan shortly after our formation.
We lost three of those original members, but expanded to include new members throughout the county, to better represent a true countywide body. We have now grown to 9 Directors; 2 each in Carmel, Westfield and Noblesville and 3 people in Fishers. Every one of these Directors are volunteers who share their time and opinions to help us promote fiscally conservative policies and objectives as we, as a collective group, view them.
We have hosted four candidate forums in the last two years and are looking forward to holding Town Hall events for the 5th District candidates in the coming year. We write public policy blogs, referred to as white papers, to discuss fiscal issues throughout the county. We do this in an effort to help educate the voters on what is happening in their communities. No question our positions are not favored by many of those holding elected office, but our primary objective is to inform. It is up to the voters to decide if they agree. You can review them at https://www.fcohcindiana.com/.
This election cycle we offered endorsements in the GOP primary. We are now rolling out only a handful of endorsements for the upcoming Nov 5th municipal elections. The reason we have so few is because most of the races are unopposed, thus require no endorsement. However, it is also true that we really don’t see many candidates that consistently represent fiscal conservatism as we define it.
Carmel has over $1.4 billion in debt. Fishers is near $425 million. Noblesville is $285 and Westfield is $180 million per Indy Star.
Every one of these city councils voted to raise your county income tax by 10% to relieve their municipal budgets of the funding of 911 service countywide.
We respect that not everyone will agree with our positions or share our concerns, but that hardly means they are not valid. We have chosen to make politics our business and our brand doesn’t support proven tax and spend candidates. While individuals may opine their choice, we refuse to capitulate to them or any political party’s critical observation. Some may see us as a small group of undo influencers, but we believe our core values are more reflective of the kind of local government voters appreciate. In conclusion, we vehemently and collectively agree that there are far more independent thinkers who are concerned, taxpaying voters than there are political loyalists who know better than their fiscally conservative neighbors. We respect voters and the choices you make. Please vote on November 5th.
If you would like more information on our organization, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org