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Senate Bill 0638


Senate Bill 0638

ARCHIVE (2005)

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DIGEST OF SB 638 (Updated March 30, 2005 6:50 pm - DI 73)


Local government. Allows township governments to merge upon the adoption of identical resolutions by the township boards (presented to the township boards by the township trustees) and an ordinance by the county legislative body. Allows merged township governments to dissolve the merged government and be reestablished as separate governments upon adoption of an ordinance by the county legislative body. Provides, beginning January 1, 2007, that Marion County consists of the central township district (consisting of the area comprising the Indianapolis public school district) and the consolidated township (consisting of all area within the county that is outside of the Indianapolis public school district). Transfers all assets, property rights, equipment, records, personnel, and contracts concerning the provision of township assistance to the applicable township district on January 1, 2007. Transfers other assets, property rights, equipment, records, personnel, and contracts of a township to the consolidated city on January 1, 2006. Provides that the indebtedness of a township is assumed or defeased by the consolidated city. Requires township trustees and township boards representing the township districts be elected at the 2006 general election. Provides for a transitional advisory board to make recommendations regarding reorganization of the townships. In Marion County: (1) eliminates the office of township assessor and provides that the city controller administers the dog tax and dog fund and the county assessor assumes other township assessor duties and responsibilities; (2) adjusts the membership of the county property tax assessment board of appeals; (3) limits the duties of the board of commissioners; and (4) provides that certain ordinances and resolutions are not subject to veto. Replaces the Marion County small claims court with corresponding township divisions of a small claims division of the Marion superior court. Exempts from the ad valorem property tax limits amounts imposed by a consolidated city to fund indebtedness assumed, defeased, paid, or refunded in connection with the consolidation of certain fire departments into the fire department of a consolidated city. Establishes the annual maximum increase in the permissible ad valorem property tax levy for a consolidated city related to the fire special service district. Consolidates certain fire departments into the fire department of a consolidated city. Provides that the employees of the fire departments being consolidated become employees of the consolidated fire department. Provides that the property, equipment, records, rights, contracts (including labor contracts), and indebtedness related to fire protection services of the fire departments being consolidated are transferred to or assumed by the consolidated city. Authorizes the fire special services district to levy a tax to pay the amounts required to satisfy the 1937 firefighters' pension fund obligations. Authorizes a consolidated city to issue obligations to refund obligations issued by the fire departments being consolidated into the fire department of a consolidated city. Adjusts for 2006 the maximum ad valorem property tax levy of a consolidated city to account for the consolidation of certain fire departments into the fire department of a consolidated city. Establishes the annual maximum increase in the permissible ad valorem property tax levy for a consolidated city related to the police special service district. Consolidates the law enforcement services of the consolidated city, the county, and the airport authority into the metropolitan law enforcement agency (agency). Provides that the sheriff operates the agency with oversight by a sheriff's merit board and the metropolitan police commission. Establishes a transition advisory board to integrate law enforcement functions and personnel into the agency. Provides a process for consolidating the law enforcement services of an excluded city into the agency. Establishes the qualifications to become a member of the agency. Establishes the powers and duties of agency members. Requires the sheriff to adopt a classification of ranks, grades, and positions and disciplinary rules and orders for the agency. Establishes a disciplinary administrative process for agency members. Provides for the appointment of a prison matron, a chief deputy, an agency chief, temporary administrative ranks or positions, special deputies, and police reserve officers. Continues the existing sheriff's pension trust, with the public safety pension commission as the trustee, to provide retirement benefits for county police officers appointed before January 1, 2006. Provides that new appointments to the agency become members of the 1977 fund. Provides that a police officer who is a member of the 1925, 1953, or 1977 fund and a firefighter who is a member of the 1937 or 1977 fund remains a member of the same fund after the consolidation. Provides that a police officer or firefighter whose services for an entity are consolidated into the metropolitan law enforcement agency or the fire department of a consolidated city becomes a member of the 1977 fund. Permits the sheriff of a county having a consolidated city to become a member of the 1977 fund upon the request of the executive of the consolidated city.
    Current Status:
     Out of Committee 2nd House
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