Township Government

FEIGENBAUM: Expect uncertainty in the 2010 General Assembly

December 19, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
About the only certainty for the upcoming legislative session is that it will be over in March.
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Lawrence Township exploring fire department merger

November 17, 2009
A Lawrence Township trustee is proposing to merge the township’s fire department with the Indianapolis Fire Department, in an attempt to further reduce its operating deficit.
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Bargersville wins annexation dispute with Greenwood

November 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Town of Bargersville won a legal dispute Monday that will allow it to annex 739 parcels within three miles of Greenwood's city limits and become the exclusive sewer-service provider in the area.
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Greenwood merger would create one of state's largest cities

September 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new city would count more than 80,000 residents. In terms of population, it would zoom past Fishers and Carmel to rank sixth or seventh in the state.
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Things aren't as bad as we thinkRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Morton Marcus
Difficult economic conditions have been faced before and we have both the tools and will to overcome our problems.
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Township officials offer valuable serviceRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Township officials provide many services for the community, molded by back-yard input, which enhances quality of life.
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Township offices have to goRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Leaders on both sides of the aisle have called for streamlining township government, and it's time to demand that our legislators make those changes.
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Township jobs offer benefits, money for little workRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz

Just like Willie Sutton, who liked to rob banks because that's where the money was, I'm going to get myself a job in township government because, "There is gold in them thar hills."

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Unigov 2.0 isn't just about savingsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Saving money may be the bottom-line reason for reforming local government, but that's only one of the benefits.
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Center Township's Drummer stepping down

January 29, 2009
Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer intends to resign from his post to take a lobbying job with Ice Miller LLP, according to a WISH-TV Channel 8 report.
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Government reform effort long overdueRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Critics were lined up to oppose Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to streamline local government almost before he left the podium Dec. 19. Big surprise.
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Assessor consolidation is a mustRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
We have a long-standing policy of not endorsing political candidates, but there's no such policy where ballot initiatives are concerned. So we urge our readers to vote "yes" on assessor consolidation.
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Residents to decide fate of township assessorsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
In this election, citizens must decide whether the assessing duties of the elected township assessor in the township should be transferred to the county assessor.
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Trustee inches toward redeveloping property portfolioRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer and his predecessors have stockpiled more than money over the years. The trustee's office also holds a portfolio of mostly undeveloped properties worth at least $10 million. Several key parcels have been on the trustee's books-and off the tax rolls-for decades. Drummer has made some progress in finding uses for the properties since an IBJ special report first questioned his holdings in November 2006. But it would have to be measured in inches. The most...
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Ex-member: Township board 'bored by the budget'Restricted Content

February 11, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Although he collects an average $6.9 million each year for poor relief, mostly from taxes, Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer is rarely asked to explain his finances. Drummer's budget is filed-unread-each year in the Indianapolis City Controller's office. The 66-employee Indiana Department of Local Government Finance reviews it, along with budgets from every other taxing entity in the state. Year-end reports go to the State Board of Accounts, a 282-worker agency that conducts 2,700 to 3,000 audits of Indiana counties,...
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SPECIAL REPORT: Center Township trustee taps taxpayers for millions

February 11, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
At an aging building at 863 Massachusetts Ave., they pass through a metal detector and wait in line to show a clerk their identification and copies of overdue bills. Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer sometimes helps. The Trustee's Office received an average of $6.9 million each of the last seven years, mostly from taxes, to provide poor relief-now known as township assistance. But only about $2 million reached the penniless each year, with much of the difference covering administrative overhead....
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Critics question trustee's property portfolio given mission to help needy

November 20, 2006
Tom Murphy
Center Township has real estate holdings worth more than $10 million, according to IBJ research. The township's robust real estate portfolio—highly unusual for an Indiana township—fits Trustee Carl L. Drummer's vision for his taxpayer-supported office. But it makes others see red.
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