Angry residents battle plans by Carmel, Ind. mayor to spend $5 m - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Angry residents battle plans by Carmel, Ind. mayor to spend $5 million on antique carousel

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The mayor of Carmel, Indiana, wants to spend $5 million on an antique carousel.

Angry residents packed a town hall meeting Wednesday night to discuss what some are calling "Carousel-gate." The meeting comes as the city debates whether to borrow $100 million in bonds to fund road projects and build a hotel in the city center.

The mayor says the carousel would bring tourism to the area.

"This is a relatively minor amount of money when it's broken down between everybody in the city," said Carmel Mayor James Brainard. "It's $2 per year, per person, and the idea is to attract people to our downtown area so the businesses there thrive."

But not everyone agrees.

"This is a government spending people's money -- not their money -- and our government in this community just has gone off the rails in terms of buying or trying to buy whatever the  mayor dreams up," said a concerned citizen at the meeting.

The carousel proposal still has to go before the full city council.

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