Today, the Hamilton County Superior Court ruled that because the law establishing reservoir conservancy districts in Indiana was not passed until 2020, the signatures gathered relating to our original petition were not valid with respect to the petition as amended in 2020. Thus, the Court dismissed the amended petition. In doing so, the Court ruled that the work to reach agreements with Marina Limited Partnership and Citizens Energy Group coupled with the tax caps and limitation of eminent domain changed the nature of the conservancy district enough that new signatures would be required.
The Geist Conservancy District Steering Committee believes that our supporters, from day one to the present, are still in favor of the establishment of a conservancy district to preserve the long-term health of Geist Reservoir and we thank you for that continued support. We are evaluating the Court’s order and our options and will communicate our next steps in forthcoming days.