Brownstown Town Council Ward 1: Gregory Goshorn Q and A


What do you think you can bring to the town council?

Continuity, community involvement and work experience is I what I bring to the town council. In three short years, I have gone from newest town council member to the longest tenured member. At the first meeting in October, I was voted to finish the year as the president of the town council. It is a great honor for which I am proud to serve. Between working in Brownstown, my wife working for Brownstown Central Community School Corp., coaching youth sports and going to church at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Brownstown, I feel connected to the community. Brownstown is my home. Prior to working as a sales representative, I worked as a revenue tax auditor for the Indiana Department of Revenue. My experience working with numbers has been an asset during my time on the council.

What is the most pressing issue facing the town at this time, and how do you plan to address it?

The most pressing issue is our ability to attract more businesses and visitors to our town. Brownstown is a small town with great community pride, and we need to share this. We are blessed with a great school corporation and active local businesses and organizations that do a lot to reinvest in Brownstown. The council is committed to making Brownstown a great place to live, work and visit, as well. Construction is slated to begin after the new year on a new town hall and police station located on the town square. An additional student resource police officer, approved at the last town council meeting, will be embedded in our schools starting in January. Plans are also in the works to revitalize a baseball and softball field at our park so we can host youth tournaments. These are all selling points to attract new faces to Brownstown.

What should the town do to position itself for growth and development?

In addition to the items mentioned previously, the council is working to establish a tax increment financing, or TIF, district. Future property tax revenues would be used to provide incentives to attract new business and/or help revitalize the town’s sidewalks, parks, infrastructures or beautification projects. This is something that would be started soon, but the benefits would take years to be realized.

How would you help the council be fiscally responsible with taxpayer money?

A change of software systems was needed twice over the past three years in the clerk-treasurer’s office. There has been a learning curve after each change. This new software program should allow us the ability to provide our department heads with better real-time budget information to ensure everyone is on the same page. This will allow our departments to be more proactive in planning for future spending.

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Name: Gregory Goshorn

Age: 36

Party: Republican

Occupation: Sales representative with Brownstown Electric Supply Co.


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