Governor Mitch Daniels today outlined his proposals for local government reform to be considered by the Indiana General Assembly in 2009. Members of the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform, including Indiana Supreme Court Justice Randall Shepard, co-chair, of the commission, joined the governor for the announcement.
"This is a set of changes that are long overdue in Indiana. We are an outlier among the states. We have more of almost everything - taxing units, subdivisions and politicians - than elsewhere. More than we need, more than taxpayers can get good service for, and certainly more than we should be paying for," said Daniels.
The governor recommended that a majority of the 27 recommendations from the Commission report move forward. Among the most significant, Daniels said there should be one county executive, a stronger legislative body for county government, elimination of townships, and reorganization of school district central office operations.
The governor's recommendations below are organized according to the order of the proposals in the 2007 report issued by the Commission, co-chaired by Shepard and former Governor Joe Kernan, who was unable to attend the announcement because of inclement weather in northern Indiana. The Commission's recommendation is italicized, followed by the governor's recommendation, then a brief rationale. If the recommendation includes a change to the Commission's original recommendation, the change is also described. Several recommendations have already been implemented and are so noted.
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