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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Marion County fire consolidation. Provides that on a date set by the mayor of the consolidated city and not later than January 1, 2015, the fire departments of all of the following are consolidated into the fire department of the consolidated city: (1) The townships in the county having the consolidated city. (2) A fire protection territory in the county having the consolidated city. Authorizes the consolidation of an excluded city's fire department into the fire department of the consolidated city if: (1) the legislative body of the excluded city, after approval by the executive of the excluded city, adopts an ordinance approving the consolidation; and (2) the legislative body of the consolidated city adopts an ordinance, approved by the mayor of the consolidated city, approving the consolidation. Specifies that the consolidated fire department is a division of the department of public safety. Provides that the maximum property tax levy of a consolidated city for property taxes first due and payable in 2014 shall be increased by an amount equal to the combined maximum property tax levies for property taxes first due and payable in 2013 for fire protection and related services of each entity that has a fire department consolidated into the fire department of the consolidated city. Provides for a corresponding decrease in the maximum property tax levies of these consolidating entities. Provides that for three years after a consolidation of a fire department, the consolidated city may levy a tax above the maximum property tax levy for the fire special service district in each township or excluded city that is necessary to phase out borrowing for fire and emergency services.