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Another Township Bad Actor Comes to the Forefront

State auditors are asking a township trustee in Grant County to repay taxpayers $56,628 following an audit that found she used township assistance funds to help herself and relatives, reported Indianapolis TV station WRTV recently: (Fairmount Township Trustee) Sheila Metzger was appointed township trustee on Aug. 11, 2016 and elected to a four-year term from Jan. 1, 2019 to [...]

2019-08-09T11:07:30-04:00August 7th, 2019|

Another Township Bad Actor Comes to the Forefront; State Budget at a Glance; Variety of Significant Tax Matters in the Works

State auditors are asking a township trustee in Grant County to repay taxpayers $56,628 following an audit that found she used township assistance funds to help herself and relatives, reports Indianapolis TV station WRTV. This is yet another prime example of why the Indiana Chamber has been pushing for years to eliminate township government; it’s outdated, rarely used and [...]

2019-07-19T14:18:34-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Built-in Resistance to Township Reform; Good Bill Reigns in Municipalities 

By Bill Waltz, vice president of taxation and public finance, and Greg Ellis, vice president of energy and environmental policy * PDF version available for printing * Late last year a series of articles ran in newspapers across the state drawing renewed attention to the antiquated status of township government. But like volumes of prior evidence, the “need for [...]

2019-05-15T11:28:42-04:00May 15th, 2019|

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 [...]

2018-02-02T13:46:23-04:00February 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 [...]

2018-01-19T14:03:44-04:00January 19th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Unveils Top Legislative Priorities for 2018, Honors Six ‘Champion’ Lawmakers for 2017 Efforts

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Closing the skills gap to enable more jobs to be filled and ensuring the state’s tax environment is ripe for business expansion are top priorities for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in the upcoming 2018 legislative session. These initiatives and more were announced today at the organization’s annual legislative preview in Indianapolis, where six state legislators were [...]

2017-11-20T13:17:29-04:00November 20th, 2017|