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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|

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|

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|

Not One for the Record Books

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO The Indiana General Assembly has a strong track record, over many years, of productive legislative sessions that have helped propel our state’s business climate to top 10 status in the country. The 2018 edition does not earn a spot on that list. Yes, it is more difficult to enact game-changing legislation in a [...]

2018-03-30T11:08:29-04:00March 30th, 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|

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|