The whole issue of township elimination has sadly faded into the past, with the General Assembly burying the reforms in political games with the Governor ... but in Indianapolis some bloggers continue to keep a close eye on township trustees:
Marion County Township Trustee Wants $1.7 Million Tax Increase
The Wayne Township Trustee in Marion County wants to raise taxes nearly $1.7 million to pay for fire protection.
David “King” Baird has filed notice in this past weekend’s Court and Commercial Record that the township will hold a meeting on April 9 to formally ask the Department of Local Government and Finance to increase the fire protection levy by $1,675, 696. You can see a copy of the notice at the end of the post. It’s unclear at this time why Baird is raising taxes, but the likely scenario is avoid consolidation with IFD and continue to pay for fire protection.
The irony in all this is that Baird opposes consolidation, having argued, in part, it was a tax increase. Joining him in his political tomfoolerly was also State Senator Mike Young.
I wonder if Wayne Township is sitting on any surplus funds? Because I wonder if the Trustee realizes how wrong it would be to try to raise taxes while sitting on a big stack of cash? I hope he’s ready for torches and pitchforks.