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Keeping Antiquated System Wins Out as Township Merger Bill Killed

A group of self-interested people determined to maintain the status quo and protect a flawed township structure succeeded in bringing down the township reform legislation this week. The House Republican caucus elected to not bring House Bill 1005 before the full House, despite it previously being passed by two separate committees. The measure would have required townships with a [...]

2018-02-09T13:42:26+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

Critical Vote on Township Merger Bill Monday; Contact Your Representative!

Bill # and Title: HB 1005 – Township Government Consolidation Author: Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Summary: Requires all townships with a population of less than 1,200 (as determined by the 2010 federal decennial census) to merge with other townships, effective not later than January 1, 2023. Requires merging townships to adopt identical resolutions and a merger plan. Requires the Department of Local Government [...]

2018-02-02T13:46:23+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|

Township Merger Bill Starts Journey

Bill # and Title: HB 1005 – Township Government Matters Author: Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Summary: Allows a participating unit in a newly formed fire protection territory to phase in the unit’s property tax levy over a period not exceeding three years. Requires all townships with a population of less than 1,200 to merge with other townships, effective not [...]

2018-01-19T14:03:44+00:00 January 19th, 2018|