"What is a reasonable expenditure for tax dollars?"
Region views on government spending
Christine Griggs, Hammond | "Provide for public services like the fire department and police department. I would increase hiring, buying new equipment and providing better pay."
Robert Comer, Hammond | "Bettering the roads and the school system. Beautification projects and tearing down old abandoned buildings."
Terrie Johnson, Valparaiso | "Schools are a good thing. I definitely believe education is a major focus. I have children. Infrastructure is also important and I believe that U.S. dollars should be spent in U.S. companies."
Judy Kralik, Valparaiso | "I'd like free Medicare. I don't want things to change like Social Security or other social benefits, either."
Angela McFadden, Valparaiso | "Education, definitely. If you spend a little on your children you're going to give the next generation a chance."
Jose Cisneros, Griffith | "Pay off the debt and any other bills."