Havens said young families are attracted to a community by the quality of the educational system.
“The task force should partner with the schools to improve the quality of education,” he said.
If the two school systems in the county were considered two of the best in Indiana, it would attract young families to the area, Sheridan added.
Havens advocated for additional investment in recreational facilities, stating most are located in the southern part of the city, including the school, park, hospital and fairgrounds.
The challenge, said Commissioner Joe VanBibber, is getting the people of Tipton County to agree to higher taxes in order to provide a higher level of public services.
“Five-cents on the tax rate would raise $420,000,” he said. “Think of how those funds could be used to create county parks. Our approach is wrong; we need to spend money to provide better services.”
As it moves forward, the task force will look at the capabilities of public utilities, how to make a case for Tipton County in attracting families and improvement of the quality of life.