Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On Vaping Laws, Ben-Hur Investment

Nov 27, 2019

The mayor says a vaping-related ordinance tabled by the city council has been misinterpreted somewhat.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Four years ago, when Crawfordsville won one of the state’s Stellar Communities awards, its art deco downtown Ben-Hur Building was one of the centerpieces.

Since then, though, it’s been plagued with delays, including changes in the contracting firm that’ll refurbish it. Now, the city says it’ll use tax increment financing to help push the project forward, but how much will that cost taxpayers – and is the amount more than it would have been four years ago?

We put those questions to Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton today on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

Also on this week’s show, Republicans still hold the lion’s share of the seats on the city council, but a familiar face has won a seat as an independent. So what might that mean for the issues that are discussed?