Phil Miller

Greenfield Indiana, Hancock County

Tax Money Spent Appropriately with More Money Left in Your Pocket.

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Personal Family info:
Phillip Alan Miller born in 1955.  Account Executive with Sysco Food Services of Indianapolis.  Employed with Sysco since 1990. 
Graduated from Michigan State University in 1977 with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutions Management

Terry Miller, wife.  Social Worker in the Greenfield Central School Corporation working with elementary school age children. 

Ryan Miller, son. Employed at Illinois Institute of Technology in Orientation and Parent Programs

Ziena Clarkson-Miller. Employed at Depaul University in Residential Education

Caitlin Miller, daughter.  Caity is working in retail

We also can't forget Chuck, the wiener dog and Freddie the cat.

Terry and I met at Michigan State University and were married in 1978.  Ryan was born in Sandusky Ohio and Caitlin in Indianapolis.  We attend St. James Lutheran Church in Greenfield.

My race for County Council in 2006

Phil Miller's Statement of Principles
(backed up by four years of Greenfield City Council Service)

-Strong and focused police presence to protect you and your family

-More efficient and cost effective Fire Protection

-Better and wider county roads where appropriate

-An alternate route through Greenfield to take some of the pressure off of State Street

-New Development in the county pays its way before it hits your pocketbook

-Less Dependence on Property Taxes

-Tax money spent on essentials only

-Government should be open and honest so you can see the decisions being made

I believe decisions should be based on what is best for people.

In my four years of City Council service and as I've watched the County Government, I've seen it over and over again. Decisions seem to be always based on what is best for the Government... for the city or county as a corporation.

Tax money should be spent only on essentials. Other Government budgets should be based on user fee revenues.

Taxes should be as low as possible so that you can decide what "extras" you want to support.

Tax money should not be spent on entertainment.

Government meetings should be as open as possible at times that taxpayers can participate.

Please support Phil Miller,  Hancock County Council

Greenfield City Councilman 2000-2004

Greenfield is a city 30 miles east of downtown Indianapolis, Ind., with approximately 15,000 people.  It is in Hancock County and until the 1999 elections, no Democrat held an elected office in the whole county.... 100 percent Republican.  That year saw elected a Democrat mayor and city councilman, as well as myself, the Libertarian.  Greenfield government is made up of a mayor, city clerk and seven councilman.  Each of these elected offices is partisan.  Two council positions are at large seats and the other five represent districts.  At this point, each district is made up of two precincts. 

My district had about 2,000 voters listed.  The district comprised the downtown retail area, a substantial portion of the old city (B zoning) and a quickly growing upper-middle class area (AA zoning).  We annexed four separate developments during my term within my district alone. 


Because of the mixture of folks on council, I cannot and will not take credit for either the good or the bad.  I was here and hopefully drove things in a more taxpayer friendly direction.  I will say that at the end of my term, I had accomplished most of my written goals.
Good things that happened during my 
tenure on city council

Tree city ordinance passed with most of the teeth removed. 

We opted out of the State Utility Regulatory Commission. 

We no longer require nonprofit organizations to register before 
outdoor functions. 

Updated equipment for fire and police departments. 

Cleaned up animal control 

Combined TV operations with school system. 



Bad things that happened during my 
tenure on city council

Property tax rate rose 8 percent for 2002. 

We spent $10,000 for a city web site. 

The city forcibly annexed homes in Sticks and Stones. 

We spent more than $1.5 million for the Multi-Generational Center. 

Traditional neighborhood zoning was instituted. 

Council passed a mandatory fence requirement for in-ground pools, 
(this was eventually overthrown by the state). 

Fair Housing Laws came to town 

Downtown area was declared blighted, and a new taxing district was set up. 

We added on to the downtown Fire Station at a cost of $1 million.  This started out as a project for showers, sleeping area and offices.

We've banned street corner fund-raising.

The Greenfield portion of the property tax rate will rise approximately 20% for 2003... depending on what the state does when it finalizes numbers.


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