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Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Town of Griffith. Changes the definition of "eligible municipality" to provide that it includes territory located in a township for which the township assistance property tax rate for property taxes is first due and payable in a year before 2024. Provides that a township is adjacent to a municipality if it is contiguous to or adjoins the boundaries of the municipality. Provides that the provisions that enable the town to transfer to an adjacent township or to assume the duties of the township expire on January 1, 2024. Provides that, for purposes of the law governing the transfer of municipal Town of Griffith. Changes the definition of "eligible municipality" to provide that it includes territory located in a township for which the township assistance property tax rate for property taxes is first due and payable in a year before 2024. Provides that a township is adjacent to a municipality if it is contiguous to or adjoins the boundaries of the municipality. Provides that the provisions that enable the town to transfer to an adjacent township or to assume the duties of the township expire on January 1, 2024. Provides that, for purposes of the law governing the transfer of municipal territory to an adjacent township, the time period for submitting a petition to an adjacent township is two years (rather than one year under current law) after a special election concerning whether the territory of an eligible municipality should be transferred to an adjacent township within the county. Provides that, if the legislative body of an adjacent township adopts a resolution rejecting the transfer of the territory of the eligible municipality within the transferor township: (1) the territory of the eligible municipality may not be transferred to an adjacent township; and (2) the eligible municipality shall assume within the territory of the eligible municipality the duties and responsibilities related to township government. Provides that an eligible municipality shall: (1) prepare a comprehensive plan that contains a fiscal impact analysis and other fiscal and administrative matters relevant to the eligible municipality's assumption of township government services; and (2) adopt an ordinance incorporating the comprehensive plan. Requires the eligible municipality to post a copy of the comprehensive plan, including any amendments to the comprehensive plan, on the eligible authority's Internet web site. Specifies the required contents of the fiscal impact analysis. Provides that an eligible municipality shall prepare the comprehensive plan and adopt the ordinance incorporating the comprehensive plan not later than one year after the later of the following: (1) The expiration of the one year period following the date on which the last township legislative body receives a petition from the eligible municipality. (2) The date that the last township legislative body adopts a resolution rejecting the transfer of the territory to the township. Provides that, if an eligible municipality does not prepare the comprehensive plan and adopt the ordinance incorporating the comprehensive plan within the time period established by the bill, the eligible municipality does not assume the governmental powers and duties of the township for the territory within the eligible municipality. Provides for the transfer and treatment of indebtedness attributable to the territory in which the eligible municipality will provide township government services. Provides for the imposition of property taxes to pay outstanding indebtedness within the territory in which the eligible municipality will provide township government services. Provides that the department of local government finance shall adjust the maximum permissible property tax levies to account for the assumption of township government services by the eligible municipality. Requires the eligible municipality's fiscal body to adopt tax levies, tax rates, and a budget for the services required by the eligible municipality's assumption of township government services in the year before the year in which the eligible municipality assumes responsibility for providing township government services. ... View more