DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Elimination of townships outside Marion County. Effective January 1, 2011, makes the following changes in all counties except Marion County: (1) Abolishes township governmental functions. (2) Abolishes the office of township assessor, and transfers the duties and responsibilities of the township assessor to the county assessor. (3) Abolishes the offices of township trustee and township board (including duties and responsibilities related to township assistance, fire protection, cemetery maintenance, parks and recreation, and libraries), and transfers the duties and responsibilities of the township trustee and township board to the county. (4) Establishes a county firefighting fund. (5) Establishes a county cumulative building and equipment fund for firefighting. (6) Transfers township fund balances to the county and specifies the permitted use of the money. (7) Makes township indebtedness an obligation of the county, and requires the county to use money transferred from the township to pay the indebtedness. (8) Allows the county 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. (9) 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. (10) Provides that the county assessor is a nonvoting member of the property tax assessment board of appeals.