Group Hopes Town's Residents Say 'City Yes'

Fishers Could Morph From Town To City

A group of Fishers residents has begun an effort to try to change the town to a city, but some are skeptical of the move.

"City Yes" held the first of several meeting Sunday to answer questions about their cause, 6News' Tanya Spencer reported.

With a population of nearly 70,000 people, advocates said it's time for the town to make the leap.

Cost was just one of the issues brought up at the first informational meeting.

"I'm an advocate of limited government, so the size of government and the cost of the government if we change -- that's a question I still don't feel is answered," said resident Gregg Puls.

Comprised of Democrats and Republicans, City Yes contends changing Fishers' status would benefit all residents.

Proponents said voters would have more representation with a city council where each person represents a certain district, rather than seven town council members elected at-large.

"If there's a problem from residents within that district, you don't necessarily have to be responsive to those needs, because you know that there are six other districts that can elect you even if your own neighborhood goes against you," said David Cox, of the City Yes committee. "You can remain in power not meeting the needs of your area."

Fishers has been nationally recognized as a great place to live, and some residents worry that change would mess up a good thing.

"We've been recognized as one of the 10 best places to live in the country. Our fire department, our police department are nationally accredited," said Mike Colby. "There's a lot of positive stuff to be said for what this town has done, and I think what's happening here is they're going to throw the baby out with the bath water."

The group already has half of the signatures needed to bring the matter before the town council. They hope voters will be allowed to decide in a special election this year.

If Fishers became a city, voters would have to elect two additional leaders -- a mayor and a city clerk.

Supporters said the cost of adding those two seats would have a minimal affect on the community, which has an annual budget of $100 million.