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  • Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform
    efficiency and effectiveness of its operations and reduce its costs to Hoosier taxpayers Read more Welcome The Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform was charged by Governor Daniels to provide recommendations for a leaner local government structure Operating under the leadership of its chairs former Governor Joseph E Kernan and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T Shepard and with the assistance of the Indiana University Center for Urban Policy

    Original URL path: http://indianalocalgovreform.iu.edu/ (2012-12-04)
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  • Commission on Local Government Reform
    far too much local government Indiana has some 2 700 local units of government authorized to levy property taxes Governing these units are more than 10 700 elected officials 1 100 of whom assess property Few other states have as much local government Over the past 20 years total local government spending funded from property taxes including cities counties schools libraries and other taxing units has increased at more than twice the rate of inflation and tax base growth When spending grows faster than the tax base the result is increased property tax rates and a growing property tax burden for Hoosier citizens Meanwhile state subsidies for local government spending in the form of property tax relief credits PTRC have skyrocketed more than doubling since 2002 In the first year of this biennial budget the state will provide a record level of 2 3 billion in property tax relief Without such payments property tax bills would be even higher Local government in Indiana has remained essentially unchanged since the mid 19th Century despite the enormous economic social and technological changes that have occurred since that time The unneeded overhead of our antique system of local government drains dollars from our school classrooms from our public safety first responders and from the pockets of property taxpayers Indiana will never be able to provide excellent local services at reasonable local tax levels until true reform occurs To that end I have created the bipartisan Commission on Local Government Reform to review our government structure and make recommendations for meaningful change Two distinguished Hoosiers former Governor Joseph E Kernan and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T Shepard chair the Commission The Commission will operate under the auspices of the Indiana University Center for Urban Policy and the Environment which is part of

    Original URL path: http://indianalocalgovreform.iu.edu/welcome/index.html (2012-12-04)
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  • Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform
    Reform especially timely If we are to make the wisest investments in our future we must ensure our government today is structured for the greatest efficiency and cost effectiveness Careful stewardship of taxpayer dollars is an ever present concern as our local government seeks to not only maintain but to improve schools public safety planning and economic development and parks and recreation facilities all while being mindful of the burden on taxpayers We must examine outmoded administrative structures that drain resources away from the critical services that keep our towns and cities vital In leading the work of the Commission our goal is to deliver to the citizens of Indiana by the end of 2007 a set of recommendations for ways to reduce the cost of local government while making it more efficient and more effective We will do this by researching past studies of government reform and by collecting and analyzing information from many sources and sectors Our focus will be not just on what is expedient but on solutions that promise to make significant improvements in the operation and cost of local government In December 2007 the Commission will deliver its recommendations to the citizens of Indiana These

    Original URL path: http://indianalocalgovreform.iu.edu/welcome/chairswelcome.html (2012-12-04)
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  • Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform
    local government to increase efficiency and reduce the financial burden on Indiana taxpayers By the end of 2007 it will deliver a set of proposals for changing the structure organization and number of units of local government and local officials In conducting its work the Commission will seek to answer the following questions about the future of local government in Indiana What local government offices might be eliminated to achieve

    Original URL path: http://indianalocalgovreform.iu.edu/charge/index.html (2012-12-04)
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  • Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform
    Hoosier taxpayers Read more Members Chairs Chief Justice Randall T Shepard Indianapolis Indiana Supreme Court He was appointed to the state s highest court in 1985 following service as a judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court Governor Joseph Kernan 2003 2005 South Bend He served previously as lieutenant governor and as mayor of the city of South Bend Members Sue Anne Gilroy Indianapolis currently vice president of development of St Vincent Hospital and executive director of the St Vincent Foundation She served as Indiana Secretary of State from 1994 to 2002 Dr Adam Herbert Bloomington former president of Indiana University He holds a doctorate in urban affairs and public administration Louis Mahern Indianapolis self employed He served in the Indiana Senate from 1976 to 1992 Ian M Rolland Fort Wayne retired chair and chief executive officer of Lincoln Financial Group He serves also as the board chairman of NiSource John Stafford Fort Wayne director of the Community Research Institute at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne He served for more than 20 years in a variety of capacities in Fort Wayne and Allen County government Staff John L Krauss director of the Indiana University Center for Urban Policy and the

    Original URL path: http://indianalocalgovreform.iu.edu/members/index.html (2012-12-04)
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  • Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform
    Co Chairs Charge Members Research Updates News Public Forums Recommendations Contact Us Submit Comments Governor s Charge to the Commission The purpose of the blue ribbon Commission on Local Government Reform hereafter The Commission is to develop recommendations to reform and restructure local government in Indiana in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations and reduce its costs to Hoosier taxpayers Read more Research Selected Statewide Local

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  • Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform
    Government Reform hereafter The Commission is to develop recommendations to reform and restructure local government in Indiana in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations and reduce its costs to Hoosier taxpayers Read more News January 2009 Access Governor Daniels 2009 State of the State Address December 2008 Governor Daniels Announces 2009 Local Government Reform Initiatives September 2008 Grassroots Group Launched to Support Local Government Reforms April 2008 2008 Legislative Summary Responses to Frequently Asked Questions December 2007 View Statehouse Press Conference December 11 2007 Requires Windows Media Player View Webcast Press Conference December 11 2007 Requires Windows Media Player Final Report Commission Releases Report November 2007 Summary of Public Input November 15 30 Summary of Public Input November 1 15 Hoosiers Chime In on Local Government Effectiveness October 2007 Summary of Public Input October 16 31 Summary of Franklin Public Forum October 17 2007 Summary of New Albany Public Forum October 15 2007 Summary of South Bend Public Forum October 11 2007 Summary of Ft Wayne Public Forum October 9 2007 Summary of Gary Public Forum October 8 2007 Summary of Public Input October 1 15 September 2007 Summary of Public Input September 16 30 Summary

    Original URL path: http://indianalocalgovreform.iu.edu/news/index.html (2012-12-04)
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  • Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform
    to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations and reduce its costs to Hoosier taxpayers Read more Public Forums To get the public s insights the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform held six forums around the state during September and October Forums were held at the locations listed below The Commission extends its sincerest gratitude to the facilities that provided assistance in arranging and hosting the forums September 27 Evansville City of Evansville October 8 Gary Indiana University Northwest October 9 Ft Wayne Allen County Public Library October 11 South Bend Indiana University South Bend City of South Bend October 15 New Albany Indiana University Southeast October 17 Franklin Franklin College At each of the six events forum participants provided input in moderated small group discussions about local government services and responsibilities key issues they see affecting local government effectiveness and reforms they believe would improve the delivery of necessary government services Summaries of the input will be posted here and on the News page as they are available in the coming weeks Summary of South Bend Public Forum October 11 2007 Summary of Franklin Public Forum October 17 2007 Summary of New Albany Public Forum October 15

    Original URL path: http://indianalocalgovreform.iu.edu/publicforums/index.html (2012-12-04)
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