City of New Castle,Indiana

Contact Us

Contact Us

227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 529-7605
  • Fax: (765) 521-6846
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00am - 4:00pm

Contact Us

Christy York,
Clerk-Treasurer
227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 521-6803
  • Fax: (765) 529-0621
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00am - 4:00 pm

Contact Us

Mark Koger,
City Council - Ward 5
227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Staff Directory

Contact Us

227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions

Contact Us

Greg York,
Mayor
227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 529-7605
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    8am-4pm
    Monday thru Friday

Contact Us

Greg York,
Mayor
  • Phone: (765) 529-7605
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00am - 4:00pm

Contact Us

Mark Stacy,
Utilities Office Manager

Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact Us

Greg York,
Mayor
227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 529-7605
  • Fax: (765) 521-6846
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    Meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Mondays each month at 10am on the 3rd floor (Council Chambers)

Contact Us

Contact Us

David Copenhaver,
City Attorney
227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions

Contact Us

Greg York,
Mayor
227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions

Contact Us

Contact Us

Christy York,
Clerk-Treasurer
  • Phone: (765) 521-6803
  • Fax: (765) 529-0621
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8am - 4pm

Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact Us

Christy York,
Clerk-Treasurer
227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions

Contact Us

Contact Us

Mark Koger,
City Council - Ward 5

Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact Us

  • Phone: (765) 529-7605
  • Fax: (765) 521-6846
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    8am-4pm
    M-F

Contact Us

Contact Us

227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions

Contact Us

505 Bundy Ave
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 521-6850
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Closed for lunch
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

Contact Us

Contact Us

Ed Hill,
GIS & MS4 Coordinator
227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions

Contact Us

Greg York,
Mayor
  • Phone: (765) 529-7605
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    8am-4pm
    Monday thru Friday
    Closed for lunch 12pm-1pm

Contact Us

Kimble Baker,
Street Commissioner
9 Midway Dr
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 521-6831
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    7am - 3pm
    Monday thru Friday

Contact Us

Douglas Sloan,
General Manager
201 S 25th St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 521-6847
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    8am - 4pm
    Monday thru Friday

Contact Us

  • Phone: (765) 520-3112
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    Contact Mayor's Office with Inquiries
    8am - 4pm
    Monday thru Friday

Contact Us

Kimble Baker,
Street Commissioner
9 Midway Dr
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 521-6831
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    7am - 3pm
    Monday thru Friday

Contact Us

Josh Russell,
EMS Chief
1315 I Ave
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 521-6860
  • Fax: (765) 521-6657
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    There are no regular office hours for EMS

Contact Us

Mark Boatright,
Fire Chief
229 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 521-6817
  • Fax: (765) 521-6816
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    There are no regular office hours for the Fire & Resuce Department

Contact Us

Matt Schofield,
Chief of Police
227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 521-6810
  • Fax: (765) 521-8133
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    8am-4pm
    Monday thru Friday

Contact Us

201 N 6th St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions

Contact Us

227 N Main St
New Castle, IN 47362
Get Directions
  • Phone: (765) 529-7605
  • Fax: (765) 521-6846
  • Staff Directory
  • Department Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00am - 4:00pm

Contact Us

Greg Phipps,
Water Plant Superintendent

Contact Us

Fred Duvall,
Water Pollution Control Superintendent

Contact Us

Contact Us

In This Department

Related Topics

Home PageMayor - Greg YorkClerk Treasurer - Christy YorkCity CouncilCity CourtCity DepartmentsCity UtilitiesEmergency Services - 911Employee ResourcesHenry CountyState & Federal Links

 
Exciting News
Our newly designed website will launch in the next few days.
 
After the conversion you may find some of your bookmarked pages have been moved, but look around nothing has been deleted.  You'll find the new site is easy to navigate and more informative regarding issues for the community, residents, public safety, and local government.  Hope you like it !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEWS & NOTICES
 
 
Market
 
updated 7/28/09
 
 
 
 
State Road 103 - PROJECT UPDATE
 
A Avenue to Broad Street
Has been opened local traffic only
 
Work has begun on 18th Street
from M Avenue to P Avenue
Roads will be open to local traffic only
as much as possible during this phase.
When this section is completed the final cap
of asphalt
will be put down on the entire
project from
Riley Road to Broad Street
 
Anticipated completion in Oct '09
 
 
Mayor Small's
 
 
  Informative Links:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chief Executive Officer for New Castle
Elected to a four-year term which began on January 1, 2012
Elected to a Second four-year term which began on January 1, 2016
 
Mayor
 
Greg York was born in New Castle and graduated from New Castle High School.  He is married, the father of two sons, and a grandfather.  Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug Greg worked from the ground up and is currently the owner/manager of a local vault company.  An avid sports enthusiast, he can frequently be seen at IU home games as well as local sporting events.  He is an active member of the Foursquare Gospel Church.  As Mayor, Greg has plans to fix what's broken, encourage dedicated employees, and build on the community's strengths which are countless.
 
Administrative Staff
  • Director of Public Works & Safety - David Barker
  • Administrative Assistant - Kendra Kennedy
  • HR Assistant - Gina Marcum



 
  Responsibilities of Clerk-Treasurer
 
 
The Clerk-Treasurer is elected to a four-year term and much like the Mayor is charged with all responsibilities for this office. The Clerk-Treasurer selects employees, sets office policy, and submits a budget to the City Council for approval. Funding for the operation of this office comes from the general fund.
 
The Clerk-Treasurer's office is responsible for the investment and collection of all funds entitled to the City of New Castle. This includes utility payments, bus fares, permits, fines, etc. Much of the collections occur through other city departments, however reconciliation is made with the Clerk-Treasurer's office.
 
This office is equally responsible for the payment of all liabilities claimed against the city, including payroll. This includes the payment of taxes to the appropriate governmental entity for withholding tax, FICA, Medicare and sales tax.
 
Another primary responsibility is the taking of minutes at meetings of the City Council and Board of Public Workspreparing agendas, recording proceedings and maintaining custody of all public records including written ordinances, resolutions and contracts.
  Public Information Available
 
Citizens may view or photocopy the following public information at the Clerk-Treasurer's office during business hours:
  • Contracts between the city and other public agencies,
  • Minutes of all public meetings conducted by the Board of Public Works and the City Council,
  • Agendas for City Council and Board of Public Works Meetings,
  • Copies of ordinances and resolutions,
  • All financial data including revenues, expenditures and city budgets.
 
<spanstyle="font-family: arial="" narrow;="" color:="" #ffffff;="" font-size:="" 12pt?="">
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(information provided in this section includes excerpts from a legal memorandum and fact sheet provided by David L. Copenhaver, City Attorney in 2005)
 
Q. What is the difference between the general fund and the utilities fund?
A. The general fund is made up of revenues received by the city - primarily from real estate taxes, local income taxes or COIT (County Option Income Tax), taxes on cigarettes and gasoline, gaming revenues and fees for services rendered through the various departments of the city. New Castle has also benefited from the locally adopted food and beverage tax by receiving a grant from that commission for a capital project at Osborne Park.
          The City of New Castle operates both water and sewer utilities. The utilities are not funded with tax revenues. They are businesses, and stand alone as do other businesses. Their funds are generated through user fees or from the sale of water or sewer related services. Revenues are raised by the imposition of a rate structure upon those who utilize the services or purchase the commodity. That rate structure is established by the passage of a rate ordinance by the City Council.
 
Q. How does government determine the amount of money needed for its operations?
A. It is the responsibility of the executive branch (Mayor) to prepare a budget for review and consideration by the legislative branch (the Council). Annually, the Council considers and adopts a budget. This establishes or appropriates the amount of money which may be spent in the administration of the City for the calendar year. It is the duty of the Mayor not to overspend the budget established by the Council. Likewise, it is the duty of the Council to provide proper funding for the City so that it may provide the services demanded by the citizenry. Once a budget is established (funds are appropriated), the Mayor cannot spend more than is appropriated, absent a find by the Common Council that there is a need for an additional appropriation.
 
Q. What state governmental agencies review these matters?
A. After the City Council passes the budget, it then goes before the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (IDLGF) for review. That department determines if the budget passed should be approved or reduced in order to conform with State controls.
          In the case of utilities, rate ordinances for the water department are reviewed by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). Sewer rates are considered services and not a commodity and thus, those rates are not reviewed by a State agency.
 
Q. Why would the City need interim financing to get through the year?
A. Property tax revenues make up the largest portion of monies in the general fund. These funds are collected by the Henry County Treasurer who then issues the City their portion. Spring collection over the past few years has been delayed due to legislation on the State level and State legislation has limited the amount of revenue a city may "carry over" to the beginning of a new year. Both of these factors have made it necessary for cities to obtain interim financing until these revenues are received. The City administration cannot spend more money than is budgeted (appropriated) without approval of the City Council. Any funds obtained must be repaid prior to December 31st of the year they are obtained.
 
Q. How do large capital items like a road project or a new swimming pool get funded?
A. There are three (3) principal ways to fund major financial projects. As you know, there are grant sources available for some projects. The City of New Castle is pursuing grants for a wide range of projects. Unfortunately, grants almost always require a local match and very seldom provide sufficient revenues to complete the project. In such cases, the City must borrow sufficient funds to complete the project. This is done through long-term or bond indebtedness. A bond ordinance must be approved by the City Council. The bonds are then repaid by additional tax moneys or higher utility rates. If the bond is to be paid through the general fund by increasing the property tax levy, the project, after approval by the City Council, must also be approved by the Department of Local Government Finance. If that department determines the project to be needed and reasonable, the City may, through its ability to tax property, increase its property tax rates in accordance with its bond ordinance.
          In the case of utilities, the money needed to repay the bonds is added into the utility rate. Once again, in the case of water rates, those must be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
          These major capital improvement projects funded by tax dollars should not be confused with the budget process. These stand alone and should be considered on their merits, if and when they arise.
 
Q. What is a utility rate study?
A. Because a utility is a business and should be run as such, it is important that their operations be reviewed by independent professional auditors or accountants. These accountants look at the operation of the utilities and determine if their rates are sufficient. These rate studies are required by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission when it considers proposed rates for the utilities.
 
 
 
 

     The New Castle Common Council (City Council) is composed of seven members, including five ward representatives and two at-large representatives.  All seats are elected to four-year terms.  The current term began on January 1, 2016.  There are no term limits.

 
 
 
 Mark Koger-President
Ward 5
 
Mary Abbott
Ward 1
 
 
Jeff Hancock-Vice President
Ward 2
 
 
 
 
 Jerry Walden
Ward 3
 
 
 
 
 
Aaron Dicken
Ward 4
 
 
 
 
Rex Peckinpaugh
At-Large
 
 
 
Lynn Perdue
At-Large
 
 
 
        The City Council is the legislative body, responsible for creating/adopting ordinances (the laws, penalties and fee schedules), tax abatements, establishing the city's budget, and hearing issues raised by the city administration and their constituents.  Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 227 North Main Street (3rd floor).  The Mayor presides over the meetings and in the event of a tie would cast the tie-breaking vote.  Meetings that fall on a city holiday are held on the following Tuesday.
          As Ambassadors for the City of New Castle, Council members often serve as representatives on intergovernmental boards, commissions, and committees.  They also make appointments to various advisory boards, commissions, and committees.
 
Council Committees
 
 

Annexation

Budget & Salary

Lynn Perdue-Chair
Jeff Hancock
Mark Koger   
     All seven members
Council Members
serve on this committee

Cemetery & Parks

Economic Development

Mary Abbott-Chair
Aaron Dicken
Rex Peckinpaugh   
Rex Peckinpaugh-Chair
Lynn Perdue
Mark Koger   

Public Works & Safety

Traffic / Parking

Aaron Dicken-Chair
Jerry Walden
Mary Abbott  
Jeff Hancock-Chair
Jerry Walden
Aaron Dicken 

Special Issues

Water & Sewage

Mark Koger-Chair
Rex Peckinpaugh
Lynn Perdue 
 Jerry Walden-Chair
Mary Abbott
Jeff Hancock

Tax Abatement 

Mark Koger
Lynn Perdue
Aaron Dicken
 
   
 
 
 
You may reach the City Court Clerk by calling
 765-521-6802 
 
The Court hears cases regarding traffic violations and city code/ordinance violations.  When a person admits to guilt the fines and court costs are assessed. In some cases an order to remedy the violation within a certain time frame is required.
 
City Court convenes at 1:00 pm each Friday in the City Building, 227 North Main Street (3rd floor)
 
 
A person will appear in the City Court when he/she has received a citation and has not satisfied the fines or required actions of the citation in the allotted time allowed. When the time limit is expired, the City Court is notified and an order to appear on the appropriate Wednesday is issued. When the person appears before court, he/she has the opportunity to plead "guilty", "not guilty" or "no contest".
 
"Guilty" means that the person is admitting to the violation. When a person admits to guilt the fines and court costs are assessed. In some cases an order to remedy the violation within a certain time frame is also required.
 
"Not guilty" means that the person does not admit to the violation. When a person pleads not guilty a trial is scheduled, usually in one month. At that time the person may make a case for him/herself or bring representation to assist him/her. Witnesses are also allowed. When all the evidence is presented  the judge makes a judgment on the case.
 
"No contest" means that the person does not admit to guilt, but is willing to pay the fine. When a person admits to no contest the fines and court costs are assessed. In some cases an order to remedy the violation within a certain time frame is also required. The difference between a plea of guilty and no contest is that the person does not admit the guilt, but still accepts the consequences.
 
 
Governing & Finance
 
As an elected official, the City Court Judge establishes the budget for and has sole responsibility for operation of the office.  Funding for the operation of this office comes from the general fund and appropriations are subject to City Council approval.
 
 
Paying Your Utility Bill
Make a One Time Utility Payment Sign Up for E-Billing

 

 
Who's Responsible for City Utilities: 
The Mayor is responsible for the policies, maintenance and operation of the water and water pollution control departments and all non-billing/collection services of the Utilities Office.
The Clerk-Treasurer is responsible for the policies and administration of the billing/collection services of the Utility Office.
Mark Stacy is Office Manager, responsible for the daily operation of the Utility Office.
Greg Phipps is Water Superintendent, in charge of daily operations and compliance.
Fred Duvall is WPC Superintendent, in charge of sewer collection system maintenance and repair.
Steve Swoveland is WPC Superintendent, in charge of wastewater treatment plant operations and compliance.
Justin McGuire is WPC Pretreatment Coordinator, in charge of industrial pretreatment activity.
 
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
 
 
Q. What is the difference between the general fund and the utilities fund?
A. The general fund is made up of revenues received by the city - primarily from real estate taxes, local income taxes or COIT (County Option Income Tax), taxes on cigarettes and gasoline, gaming revenues and fees for services rendered through the various departments of the city. New Castle has also benefited from the locally adopted food and beverage tax by receiving a grant from that commission for a capital project at Osborne Park.
The City of New Castle operates both water and sewer utilities. The utilities are not funded with tax revenues. They are businesses, and stand alone as do other businesses. Their funds are generated through user fees or from the sale of water or sewer related services. Revenues are raised by the imposition of a rate structure upon those who utilize the services or purchase the commodity. That rate structure is established by the passage of a rate ordinance by the City Council.
 
Q. How does government determine the amount of money needed for its operations?
A. It is the responsibility of the executive branch (Mayor) to prepare a budget for review and consideration by the legislative branch (the Council). Annually, the Council considers and adopts a budget. This establishes or appropriates the amount of money which may be spent in the administration of the City for the calendar year. It is the duty of the Mayor not to overspend the budget established by the Council. Likewise, it is the duty of the Council to provide proper funding for the City so that it may provide the services demanded by the citizenry. Once a budget is established (funds are appropriated), the Mayor cannot spend more than is appropriated, absent a find by the Common Council that there is a need for an additional appropriation.
 
Q. What state governmental agencies review these matters?
A. After the City Council passes the budget, it then goes before the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (IDLGF) for review. That department determines if the budget passed should be approved or reduced in order to conform with State controls.
In the case of utilities, rate ordinances for the water department are reviewed by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). Sewer rates are considered services and not a commodity and thus, those rates are not reviewed by a State agency.
 
Q. Why would the City need interim financing to get through the year?
A. Property tax revenues make up the largest portion of monies in the general fund. These funds are collected by the Henry County Treasurer who then issues the City their portion. Spring collection over the past few years has been delayed due to legislation on the State level and State legislation has limited the amount of revenue a city may "carry over" to the beginning of a new year. Both of these factors have made it necessary for cities to obtain interim financing until these revenues are received. The City administration cannot spend more money than is budgeted (appropriated) without approval of the City Council. Any funds obtained must be repaid prior to December 31st of the year they are obtained.
 
Q. How do large capital items like a road project or a new swimming pool get funded?
A. There are three (3) principal ways to fund major financial projects. As you know, there are grant sources available for some projects. The City of New Castle is pursuing grants for a wide range of projects. Unfortunately, grants almost always require a local match and very seldom provide sufficient revenues to complete the project. In such cases, the City must borrow sufficient funds to complete the project. This is done through long-term or bond indebtedness. A bond ordinance must be approved by the City Council. The bonds are then repaid by additional tax moneys or higher utility rates. If the bond is to be paid through the general fund by increasing the property tax levy, the project, after approval by the City Council, must also be approved by the Department of Local Government Finance. If that department determines the project to be needed and reasonable, the City may, through its ability to tax property, increase its property tax rates in accordance with its bond ordinance.
In the case of utilities, the money needed to repay the bonds is added into the utility rate. Once again, in the case of water rates, those must be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
These major capital improvement projects funded by tax dollars should not be confused with the budget process. These stand alone and should be considered on their merits, if and when they arise.
 
Q. What is a utility rate study?
A. Because a utility is a business and should be run as such, it is important that their operations be reviewed by independent professional auditors or accountants. These accountants look at the operation of the utilities and determine if their rates are sufficient. These rate studies are required by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission when it considers proposed rates for the utilities.
(information provided in this section includes excerpts from a legal memorandum and fact sheet provided by David L. Copenhaver, City Attorney in 2005)
Dial 911 for Emergencies
529-4890 for non-emergencies
 
Department Links