GREENFIELD — The final showdown over a $1.995 million county bond issue is set for next week, and critics and supporters alike are preparing for a debate.
Hancock County officials have been talking for months about borrowing money for various expenses within the county’s budget to keep healthy cash balances. Opponents say there’s already plenty in the county’s coffers and the debt is an unnecessary property tax burden.
One of the main sticking points is the fact that the list of items for which the county wants to borrow has been a moving target.
At first, officials were bracing to spend up to $500,000 of the bond on vote center equipment; $700,000 for a road expansion on CR 600W south of U.S. 40; and $650,000 on a new computer-aided dispatch system for the Emergency Operations Center.
But roadblocks have caused those items to be drastically reduced or eliminated altogether, and county officials have gone back to the drawing board multiple times to come up with $1.995 million worth of expenses. The bond is just shy of the $2 million mark that would make it subject to a public referendum.
Tuesday, the budget committee of the county council came up with an almost-final list of expenses for which the bond will pay.