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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|

Bill to Require Township Capital Improvement Plans Gets Senate Committee Approval

House Bill 1177 – Township Government Issues Authored by Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Requires a township to prepare a capital improvement plan for the ensuing three years if the balance in certain capital improvement funds in the preceding year exceeds 150% of the township's annual budget estimate. Prohibits the township from collecting property taxes for certain capital improvement funds [...]

2019-04-05T13:23:44-04:00April 5th, 2019|

IDEM Bill Now Includes Ability for Agency to Set More Permit Fees; Likely Reduction on Local Government Reach Outside of Their Boundaries

House Bill 1278 – Various Environmental Matters Authored by Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw) This bill corrects or resolves various issues related to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). It also makes some technical corrections to Indiana Code and the Code of Federal Regulations citations. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: On Monday, the bill was heard by the Senate Environmental [...]

2019-04-05T13:47:44-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Top Story: House Again Rejects Township Reform, Common Sense

House Bill 1650 – Elimination of Township Advisory Boards Authored by Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Eliminates three-member township boards that oversee the township trustee in all townships except in Marion County. Full details. Chamber Position: Support The Latest: The bill was defeated by the full House 18-75 on Tuesday. Chamber Action/Commentary: Last year, the House majority let die legislation that would [...]

2019-02-15T13:49:36-04:00February 15th, 2019|

Top Story: House Bill Targets Township Boards; Chamber Says Group an Unnecessary Layer  

House Bill 1650 – Elimination of Township Boards Authored by Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Provides that on January 1, 2020, in all counties (except Marion County): (1) township boards are dissolved; (2) the duties and responsibilities of the township board are transferred to the township trustee; (3) the township trustee has the legislative and fiscal powers and duties of [...]

2019-02-08T11:30:41-04:00February 8th, 2019|

Top Story: Possible Fix to Local Government Overreach

Senate Bill 535 – Extraterritorial Powers of Cities and Towns Authored by Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) This bill would repeal the general authority of a municipality to exercise various powers outside of its corporate boundaries. Also eliminates the ability of a municipal advisory plan commission to exercise planning and zoning jurisdiction, including approval or denial of applications for improvement [...]

2019-02-01T13:13:31-04:00February 1st, 2019|

Tiny Steps Toward Township Reform

House Bill 1177 – Township Government Issues Authored by Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Requires a township to prepare a capital improvement plan for the ensuing three years if the balance in certain capital improvement funds in the preceding year exceeds 150% of the township’s annual budget estimate. Prohibits the township from collecting property taxes for certain capital improvement funds [...]

2019-01-18T13:43:51-04:00January 18th, 2019|

Township Reform Trashed, Tax Code Update Crashed … Yet Alas, SaaS Passed!

By Bill Waltz, vice president of taxation and public finance The 2018 session looked quite promising in January. The Indiana Township Association supported a bill that included the merger of over 300 small townships, and the House Republicans endorsed it as a priority bill. The Governor made legislation to clarify the exempt status of software as a service (SaaS) [...]

2018-03-30T11:13:29-04:00March 30th, 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 [...]

2018-02-02T13:46:23-04:00February 2nd, 2018|

Short Session Starts With a Flurry of Activity

The Governor and General Assembly have continually heard from Hoosier employers on the need for a skilled workforce – and better aligning state programs with job demand. The good news is bills are being introduced to address those concerns. While only a handful of measures have been released to date, we are seeing legislation related to training tax credits [...]

2018-01-05T13:39:03-04:00January 5th, 2018|