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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|

Amended Township Reform Bill Marches on to Ways and Means

Bill # and Title: HB 1005 – Township Government Matters Author: Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) Summary: Requires all townships with a population of less than 1,200 to merge with other townships, effective not later than January 1, 2023. Provides that in all township mergers, the township board members of the new township government are elected at-large. Allows a township [...]

2018-01-26T14:43:48+00:00 January 26th, 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|

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+00:00 November 20th, 2017|