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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.



The Commission on Local Government Reform is charged with recommending ways to restructure 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:

  1. What local government offices might be eliminated to achieve efficiencies and cost savings for Hoosier taxpayers?  In specific, should township/county property tax assessors be abolished in favor of a uniform process managed by the state? 
  2. What local units of government (including schools and libraries) might be successfully consolidated to reduce overhead and administrative expenses?
  3. What services or functions of local government might be reduced, eliminated, or provided in new ways to achieve savings for Hoosier taxpayers?
  4. What constitutional, statutory, administrative, or other changes are necessary to achieve significant reforms in the structure and organization of Indiana state government?

Read the complete charge.