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How does the annual city budget come together?

How does the annual city budget come together? Most residents don’t seem to hear about the annual city budget until it comes before the City Council in the fall. But the truth is, the development of the budget is something that begins in the spring when city...

Where can I find regular updates on COVID-19 here in Carmel?

Where can I find regular updates on COVID-19 here in Carmel? COVID-19 resources: Mayor Jim Brainard's Daily Reports are available here. Carmel Updates regarding COVID-19 are available here. Authored by Laura Campbell, Kevin Rider, Jeff Worrell, Tim Hannon, Bruce...

How is this water line expansion in Home Place supposed to work?

How is this water line expansion in Home Place supposed to work? A: After the annexation of Home Place, the City of Carmel is beginning to make improvements in infrastructure, especially in areas that have never had city water in the past. Here are some questions and...

Can I set up an educational non-profit in Carmel?

Can I set up an educational non-profit in Carmel? Thank you for your interest and your passion to find a way to support education in Carmel! The simple answer is yes, you can. Anyone can set up a non-profit as long as they meet the rules required by the state or...

Why is the City Council redistricting?

Why is the City Council redistricting? In 2016, the City Council voted to change Carmel from a class 3 city to a class 2 city. With this change, the council gets an additional two seats, one district and one at large. Not only does this change allow Carmel more...

What is happening to the land at 116th Street and Range Line Road?

What is happening to the land at 116th Street and Range Line Road? The southwest corner of 116th and Range Line has seen some changes over the past year as Kite Realty Group purchased the land and demolished the existing retail structure. Kite is proposing a...

Where are the Buildings that Taxpayers were Guaranteed?

Where are the buildings that taxpayers were guaranteed? Dear Mr. Shaver, We have reviewed your concerns and offer the following information to address your questions. We grant you that the project is not yet fully constructed, but through many years of experience with...

Do “speed humps” have to be so high? Can they be lowered?

Do “speed humps” have to be so high? Can they be lowered? In order to lower the raised pedestrian crossings, you would need to completely remove them or modify the ramp leading up to the crosswalk elevation, thus extending the transition length. The heights are...

Why does the City spend so much on Christkindlmarkt?

Why does the City spend so much on Christkindlmarkt? Over the past few decades, the City of Carmel has offered support for many activities that serve as community celebrations – events where residents can gather in public spaces and make new friends or catch up with...

When will the Palladium ever be self-sustaining?

When will the Palladium ever be self-sustaining? Unlike many performing arts centers, the Palladium was established before an endowment was in place to help support its mission and its building project. Typically, it takes years for such an effort to get underway,...

What’s with the big “speed bumps” on Range Line Road?

What’s with the big “speed bumps” on Range Line Road? These are speed “humps” or “raised pedestrian crosswalks” and they serve a couple of purposes, both tied to increased safety. As the Range Line Road corridor has begun to change, along with the nature of the area...

Why do we spend so much money on statues and roundabout art?

Why do we spend so much money on statues and roundabout art? Whenever a city invests in public art, questions are raised. Why spend money on a statue or a piece of roundabout art when this road needs to be paved or that storm sewer needs to be replaced? We agree … a...

Why does Carmel use TIF?

Why does Carmel use TIF? Let’s begin with a simple definition. TIF stands for Tax Incremental Financing, a tool created by the State of Indiana and used all across the country to encourage redevelopment of areas that have been neglected over time. Here is how TIF...