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Engrossed House Bill (H)

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Elimination of township advisory boards. Amends various provisions in the Indiana Code concerning township government effective January 1, 2022. 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 the township, in addition to the executive powers and duties; and (4) the property and personnel of the township board are transferred to the township trustee. Beginning with property taxes due and payable in calendar year Elimination of township advisory boards. Amends various provisions in the Indiana Code concerning township government effective January 1, 2022. 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 the township, in addition to the executive powers and duties; and (4) the property and personnel of the township board are transferred to the township trustee. Beginning with property taxes due and payable in calendar year 2021 in a county not having a consolidated city, the township trustee shall submit the township budget to the county fiscal body for review and approval, if the township's proposed tax rate exceeds the statewide township property tax rate average during the preceding five years by at least 3% for property taxes due and payable that same year. Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee the task of studying the effect of eliminating township advisory boards. ... View more