Township bill faces third reading today

Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana House of Representatives will hold the third reading of House Bill 1650 Tuesday.

The bill was authored by Batesville Republican and would eliminate three-member township boards and transfer financial oversight to county councils. The law would eliminate about one-third of all townships except for those in Marion County, a point of contention for some.

Zimke says the reform effort will cut government spending.

Many Hoosiers fear there could be unintended negative consequences relating to some services or rural volunteer fire departments.

A pre-legislative session survey done by Republican state representative Randy Frye says 51 percent of District 67 residents want to keep their township boards and 80 percent of those surveyed would it to be decided on the ballot.