HB 1027 – Township Assessors
Authored by Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown)

Abolishes the office of township assessor, effective January 1, 2023. Transfers the duties of the township assessor to the county assessor of the county in which the township is located. Provides that if the office of township assessor becomes vacant before January 1, 2023, the office is abolished and the duties of the township assessor are transferred to the county assessor.

Chamber position: Support

The latest: Testimony taken in the Senate Local Government Committee but no vote was held.

The speculation is that while the bill was heard, it is unlikely to be voted on and may be destined to die in committee.

Indiana Chamber action/commentary: This bill will increase the effectiveness of property tax assessment in the remaining 13 townships (in nine counties), where separate township assessors continue to be elected. The Chamber stands behind this effort to bring about greater consistency and uniformity of assessments within these remaining counties. Historical evidence supports the contention that eliminating these township assessors will result in improved efficiency and taxpayer savings.

The Senate needs to take this final step and be completely done with separate township assessment, and we will continue to communicate that to the committee chairman, Sen. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo).

Resource: Bill Waltz at (317) 264-6887 or email: [email protected]