COLLABORATING WITH KEY PARTNERS

Sue supports state, county and local governments working cooperatively to ensure the area remains competitive via low business operating costs, a deep bench of talent and an environment free from overreaching and nonsensical regulation. Additionally, Sue supports home rule – where local officials are allowed to make decisions for local residents, as they are closest to their constituents and know their communities best.

ENGAGING RESIDENTS

For eight years, Sue has held community coffees, hosted town hall meetings, sent newsletters, and fielded community-wide surveys to listen to the thoughts, ideas and dreams of Carmel residents and business leaders. Sue also supports increased efforts by the City of Carmel to engage residents in design, utilization and evaluation of infrastructure, public art, finance and planning/zoning.

ENSURING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Sue has been a strong voice in ensuring our government approves the appropriate level of spending to:

  • Support our public safety initiatives
  • Maintain high quality city services to support our fast growth
  • Fund our public investment in infrastructure

Sue led the charge to ensure our rainy-day fund balance is at least 10% of our general fund balance (effective Jan 1, 2010), so we have extra dollars available to protect our residential and commercial pocketbooks.

Sue also supports smart city initiatives and other operational changes to ensure we are providing the highest quality of services at the lowest possible cost to residents.

INVESTING IN ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Carmel is an excellent place for organizations to do business. In order to keep our tax rates low, Sue supports continuing to recruit high-paying jobs to Carmel that will not only keep our taxes low but also support our small businesses.

Additionally, Sue supports adequate workforce development initiatives to maintain a strong supply of talent for our growing communities in Carmel and Hamilton County, increasing our investment in economic development initiatives to recruit new businesses to Carmel, and retaining our area’s largest employers.

ENSURING A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE

The vision to develop place-based projects that allow families to be together and create memories of a lifetime in the community they call home is one of the things that makes Carmel special. Sue supports continued efforts to keep our quality of life high, including more investment in maintenance of neighborhood roads and streets and continued investment in public safety to ensure our families and assets are safe.