Ballard's consolidation plan will no doubt upset Republicans and Democrats alike who don't want to give up their fiefdoms at the township level. His plan for consolidating fire departments will extend to the airport fire department. Ballard also thinks it is unnecessary for the county to operate and maintain the Marion Co. fairgrounds on the far southeast side of the county when the state fairgrounds offers an adequate venue for hosting the annual county fair. "Each and every property tax bill shows that government is bloated," Ballard said. "Eliminating duplicative government such as these township offices will reduce spending, reduce property tax burden, and better serve the people."
Ballard also emphasized the need for coordinated fiscal planning and prohibiting appointed boards from increasing taxes or levies; only elected bodies would be empowered to take such action under Ballard's proposal. "Our country was founded on many principles, among them no taxation without representation," Ballard said. "It is ridiculous that Marion County government would operate this way in the 21st century." "Simply put, appointed boards should not have the ability to raise taxes, period," he added. Ballard criticized Peterson for failing to lead in controlling local government spending in Marion County. "Bart Peterson has repeatedly stated he cannot be responsible for the various taxing entities and government boards that contributed to out of control spending," Ballard said. "The time for such passive leadership has passed." "As Mayor, you will never hear such an excuse from my office." "I will make sure government works together in Marion County, not against the taxpayer."