Bill Would Eliminate Township Advisory Boards

Legislation that would eliminate Indiana’s township boards has received an initial go-ahead by a House committee despite testimony that the three-member boards are vital to the state’s system of government.

There are nearly three-thousand township board members who would lose their posts if the bill is passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed into law.

The bill would keep the elected post of township trustee but dissolve advisory boards. The trustee would be required to file a capital improvement plan to show that there are plans in place for use of tax dollars. Without a plan, the trustee could not collect property taxes.

However, the bill also prevents townships from merging, as is currently allowed.

The bill passed the House Committee on Government and Regulatory Reform and now goes to the full House.