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Senate Bill 0309


Senate Bill 0309

ARCHIVE (2008)

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL


Restructuring county and township government. Abolishes, effective July 1, 2008, township governmental functions in each township served by a township trustee-assessor and makes the following changes with respect to those townships and the counties in which they are located: (1) Transfers the duties and responsibilities of the township trustee-assessor to the county assessor. (2) Abolishes the offices of township trustee and township board and transfers the duties and responsibilities of the township trustee and township board (including duties and responsibilities related to township assistance, fire protection, cemetery maintenance, parks and recreations, and libraries) to the county. (3) Establishes a county firefighting fund. (4) Establishes a county cumulative building and equipment fund for firefighting. (5) Transfers township fund balances to the county and specifies the permitted use of the money. (6) Makes township indebtedness an obligation of the county transferred from the township to pay the indebtedness. (7) Allows the obligation of the county, and requires the county to use county money to levy property taxes to pay indebtedness not covered by money transferred from the township, and specifies the areas in which the taxes may be levied. (8) Increases the county's maximum property tax levy based on the assumption of former township duties, and establishes a separate county maximum property tax levy for firefighting. Makes the county assessor responsible for contracting for property assessment services and for choosing computer systems. Provides for the reconstitution of a township government that has been dissolved if the township attains a population of at least 35,000 and 1,000 registered voters in the township petition for a public
    Current Status:
     In Committee - first House
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