District 4 candidates offer different outlooks on county's finances


GREENFIELD — The president of the Hancock County Council is being challenged by a candidate who vows to never vote for a tax increase.

Bruce Fleming says taxation is his primary concern in the race against incumbent councilman Bill Bolander for the GOP nomination for the council’s fourth district seat. But Bolander, seeking his sixth term, is defending his stance on spending and says the county’s fiscal health is strong.

Both are New Palestine residents; the district covers Sugar Creek and Brandywine townships. If there are no Democratic or minor party candidates slated this summer, the winner of the May 6 Republican primary election will serve the next four years.

Fleming, a political newcomer, acknowledges he doesn’t have all of the answers, but he knows one thing: He won’t vote for a spending measure that will mean higher taxes.

“I just want to get on the council; at least for four years I won’t vote for a tax increase, a bond issue, anything for four years,” he said.

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