Wheeler understands that balancing the budget is the most important thing right now.
“It will be hard to do with the economic down times,” Wheeler said. “Council must find a way to fund the county’s emergency services.”
Wheeler feels tax rates can be kept low by bringing new business to the county and by retaining existing businesses, both of which will make for a broader tax base.
“It is important to continue to lobby State officials to help with ways to fund the county budget,” he said.
Wheeler says he has worked hard to make sure tax dollars are spent on the needs of Whitley County and will continue to serve the taxpayers of District 2 as well as Whitley County. If re-elected, he will continue to work to keep taxes as low as possible without cutting services.
A lifelong resident of Etna Troy Township, Wheeler graduated from Columbia City High School in 1972. After graduation, he went to work full time for his father at M.C. Wheeler & Sons, Inc., which he now owns along with Wheeler Properties LLC. He is also a grain farmer in Etna Troy Township.
Married to his wife, Phyllis, for 30 years, they have two adult children, including Crystal (Chad) Wheeler Leighty and Nathan (Melena Headford) Wheeler. Another daughter, April, is a junior at Columbia City High School. Additionally, they have one grandson, Cayden Leighty. A second grandchild is anticipated in February.
Wheeler is a member of the Indiana Ground Water Association and now serving on the legislative committee for the Indiana Ground Water Association in Indianapolis. He served for four years on the Whitley County Hospital Foundation Board and 12 years on the Etna Troy Township Advisory Board.
In the past three years while serving on the County Council, Wheeler has been actively serving on the Plan Commission, Joint Plan Commission and the Personnel Committee. Wheeler is a board member on the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation. He has served as vice chairman the past two years and was recently elected as Chairman of the County Council in January.
Wheeler is asking for your support in the May Primary Election.