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SENATE BILL No. 240

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Citations Affected: IC 3-5-2-25; IC 3-10; IC 3-11-2-12; IC 5-11-1-27; IC 6-1.1-17; IC 13-11-2-86; IC 36-1; IC 36-6.

Synopsis: Township government. Specifies that in each county after December 31, 2012: (1) the county fiscal body is the fiscal body and legislative body of each township in the county; and (2) the county fiscal body shall exercise the legislative and fiscal powers assigned in the Indiana Code to township boards, including the authority to adopt the township's annual budget and to levy township property taxes for township funds. Provides that when formulating an annual budget, a township or (after December 31, 2012) the county fiscal body, must consider the ending balance that will remain in each township fund relative to: (1) the budgeted expenditures from the fund; (2) the fund balance that must be maintained by the township due to delayed property tax collections; and (3) the amount of tax anticipation notes or warrants or other obligations incurred by the township due to delayed property tax collections. Requires the township or (after December 31, 2012) the county fiscal body to consider whether the part of the balance that exceeds 10% of budgeted expenditures plus any balances required because of delayed property tax collections and borrowing necessitated by delayed property tax collections should be used instead of imposing additional property taxes for the ensuing year. After December 31, 2012, requires the county fiscal body to consider with regard to a cumulative building fund or capital improvement fund, the township's capital improvement plan. Requires the department of local government finance to consider those issues when reviewing a township's budget, tax rate, and tax levy. Provides that after December
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31, 2012, a township may only collect property taxes for a capital improvement fund in a particular year, if the township trustee prepares and the county fiscal body approves a proposed or amended capital improvement plan in the immediately preceding year. Prohibits a relative of a township officer or employee from being employed by the township. Provides that a township employee who marries another township employee or officer may not continue to be employed by the township. Specifies that until January 1, 2012, a township employee is not required by these provisions to be terminated or reassigned from any position held by that individual before July 1, 2010. Prohibits a township from entering into a contract or renewing a contract with: (1) an individual to provide goods or services to the township, if the individual is a relative of the township trustee; or (2) a business entity to provide goods or services, if a relative of the township trustee has an ownership interest in the business entity. Requires the state board of accounts to annually prepare a report that includes certain information regarding each township. Requires the report to be submitted to the executive director of the legislative services agency and to county councils. Specifies that each township office must include the address, phone number, and regular office hours (if any) of the township office in at least one local telephone directory. Provides that a public meeting or a public hearing of a township official or governing body may not be held in a private residence. Requires a township trustee's annual report to list separately each expenditure that is made to reimburse the township trustee for the township trustee's use of personal property for public business, including any reimbursements made for the use of a private residence, personal telephone, or personal vehicle for public business.



Introduced

Second Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2010)


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SENATE BILL No. 240



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning local government.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 3-5-2-25; (10)IN0240.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 3-5-2-25 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 25. "Fiscal body" means:
        (1) county council, for a county not having a consolidated city;
        (2) city-county council, for a consolidated city or county having a consolidated city;
        (3) common council, for a second or third class city;
        (4) town council, for a town;
        (5) township board, for a township:
             (A) the township board, before January 1, 2013; and
            (B) the county fiscal body after December 31, 2012;
or
        (6) governing body or budget approval body, for any other political subdivision.
SOURCE: IC 3-10-1-19; (10)IN0240.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 3-10-1-19, AS AMENDED BY P.L.146-2008, SECTION 4, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 19. (a) The ballot for a primary election shall be

printed in substantially the following form for all the offices for which candidates have qualified under IC 3-8:

OFFICIAL PRIMARY BALLOT

_________________ Party

    For paper ballots, print: To vote for a person, make a voting mark (X or .) on or in the box before the person's name in the proper column. For optical scan ballots, print: To vote for a person, darken or shade in the circle, oval, or square (or draw a line to connect the arrow) that precedes the person's name in the proper column. For optical scan ballots that do not contain a candidate's name, print: To vote for a person, darken or shade in the oval that precedes the number assigned to the person's name in the proper column. For electronic voting systems, print: To vote for a person, touch the screen (or press the button) in the location indicated.
            Vote for one (1) only
    Representative in Congress
        [] (1) AB    __________
        [] (2) CD    __________
        [] (3) EF    __________
        [] (4) GH    __________
    (b) The offices with candidates for nomination shall be placed on the primary election ballot in the following order:
        (1) Federal and state offices:
            (A) President of the United States.
            (B) United States Senator.
            (C) Governor.
            (D) United States Representative.
        (2) Legislative offices:
            (A) State senator.
            (B) State representative.
        (3) Circuit offices and county judicial offices:
            (A) Judge of the circuit court, and unless otherwise specified under IC 33, with each division separate if there is more than one (1) judge of the circuit court.
            (B) Judge of the superior court, and unless otherwise specified under IC 33, with each division separate if there is more than one (1) judge of the superior court.
            (C) Judge of the probate court.
            (D) Judge of the county court, with each division separate, as required by IC 33-30-3-3.
            (E) Prosecuting attorney.
            (F) Circuit court clerk.
        (4) County offices:
            (A) County auditor.
            (B) County recorder.
            (C) County treasurer.
            (D) County sheriff.
            (E) County coroner.
            (F) County surveyor.
            (G) County assessor.
            (H) County commissioner.
            (I) County council member.
        (5) Township offices:
            (A) Township assessor (only in a township referred to in IC 36-6-5-1(d)).
            (B) Township trustee.
            (C) Township board member. This clause does not apply to elections in 2012 and thereafter.
            (D) Judge of the small claims court.
            (E) Constable of the small claims court.
        (6) City offices:
            (A) Mayor.
            (B) Clerk or clerk-treasurer.
            (C) Judge of the city court.
            (D) City-county council member or common council member.
        (7) Town offices:
            (A) Clerk-treasurer.
            (B) Judge of the town court.
            (C) Town council member.
    (c) The political party offices with candidates for election shall be placed on the primary election ballot in the following order after the offices described in subsection (b):
        (1) Precinct committeeman.
        (2) State convention delegate.
    (d) The following offices and public questions shall be placed on the primary election ballot in the following order after the offices described in subsection (c):
        (1) School board offices to be elected at the primary election.
        (2) Other local offices to be elected at the primary election.
        (3) Local public questions.
    (e) The offices and public questions described in subsection (d) shall be placed:
        (1) in a separate column on the ballot if voting is by paper ballot;
        (2) after the offices described in subsection (c) in the form

specified in IC 3-11-13-11 if voting is by ballot card; or
        (3) either:
            (A) on a separate screen for each office or public question; or
            (B) after the offices described in subsection (c) in the form specified in IC 3-11-14-3.5;
        if voting is by an electronic voting system.
    (f) A public question shall be placed on the primary election ballot in the following form:

(The explanatory text for the public question,

if required by law.)

"Shall (insert public question)?"

            [] YES
            [] NO
SOURCE: IC 3-10-2-13; (10)IN0240.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 3-10-2-13, AS AMENDED BY P.L.146-2008, SECTION 5, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 13. (a) The following public officials shall be elected at the general election before their terms of office expire and every four (4) years thereafter:
        (1) Clerk of the circuit court.
        (2) County auditor.
        (3) County recorder.
        (4) County treasurer.
        (5) County sheriff.
        (6) County coroner.
        (7) County surveyor.
        (8) County assessor.
        (9) County commissioner.
        (10) County council member.
        (11) Township trustee.
        (12) Township board member. This subdivision does not apply to elections in 2012 and thereafter.
        (13) Township assessor (only in a township referred to in IC 36-6-5-1(d)).
        (14) Judge of a small claims court.
        (15) Constable of a small claims court.
     (b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), an individual elected as a township board member in 2010 shall serve a two (2) year term. The term of an individual elected as a township board member in 2010 expires January 1, 2013.
SOURCE: IC 3-11-2-12; (10)IN0240.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 3-11-2-12, AS AMENDED BY P.L.146-2008, SECTION 6, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 12. The following offices shall be placed on the

general election ballot in the following order:
        (1) Federal and state offices:
            (A) President and Vice President of the United States.
            (B) United States Senator.
            (C) Governor and lieutenant governor.
            (D) Secretary of state.
            (E) Auditor of state.
            (F) Treasurer of state.
            (G) Attorney general.
            (H) Superintendent of public instruction.
            (I) United States Representative.
        (2) Legislative offices:
            (A) State senator.
            (B) State representative.
        (3) Circuit offices and county judicial offices:
            (A) Judge of the circuit court, and unless otherwise specified under IC 33, with each division separate if there is more than one (1) judge of the circuit court.
            (B) Judge of the superior court, and unless otherwise specified under IC 33, with each division separate if there is more than one (1) judge of the superior court.
            (C) Judge of the probate court.
            (D) Judge of the county court, with each division separate, as required by IC 33-30-3-3.
            (E) Prosecuting attorney.
            (F) Clerk of the circuit court.
        (4) County offices:
            (A) County auditor.
            (B) County recorder.
            (C) County treasurer.
            (D) County sheriff.
            (E) County coroner.
            (F) County surveyor.
            (G) County assessor.
            (H) County commissioner.
            (I) County council member.
        (5) Township offices:
            (A) Township assessor (only in a township referred to in IC 36-6-5-1(d)).
            (B) Township trustee.
            (C) Township board member. This clause does not apply to elections in 2012 and thereafter.


            (D) Judge of the small claims court.
            (E) Constable of the small claims court.
        (6) City offices:
            (A) Mayor.
            (B) Clerk or clerk-treasurer.
            (C) Judge of the city court.
            (D) City-county council member or common council member.
        (7) Town offices:
            (A) Clerk-treasurer.
            (B) Judge of the town court.
            (C) Town council member.
SOURCE: IC 5-11-1-27; (10)IN0240.1.5. -->     SECTION 5. IC 5-11-1-27 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 27. (a) The state board of accounts shall each year prepare a report that includes the following information for each township for the preceding calendar year:
        (1) The population of the township.
        (2) The budget, property tax levies, and property tax rates adopted by the township and approved by the department of local government finance.
        (3) The assessed valuation in the township used to determine property taxes first due and payable in the preceding calendar year.
        (4) The balance in each township fund as of the end of the preceding calendar year.
        (5) A summary of the township assistance information submitted by the township trustee under IC 12-20-28-3.
        (6) A summary of any statutory compliance issues or exceptions noted by the state board of accounts in its examination report for the township for the preceding calendar year.
        (7) A description of any interlocal agreements in effect concerning the township's functions and duties.
        (8) A description of any resolutions or petitions concerning the township that were adopted or submitted under IC 36-1.5 (government modernization) during the preceding calendar year.
        (9) A description of the property owned or leased by the township.
    (b) To the extent that the information required by subsection (a) has not been previously submitted to or certified by the state board of accounts or the department of local government finance, a

township shall submit the information to the state board of accounts on a schedule established by the state board of accounts.
    (c) The state board of accounts shall do the following before July 1 of each year:
        (1) Submit a copy of the report prepared under subsection (a) to the executive director of the legislative services agency in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
        (2) Submit to the county council of each county a copy of the information compiled in the report for each township within the county.

SOURCE: IC 6-1.1-17-2; (10)IN0240.1.6. -->     SECTION 6. IC 6-1.1-17-2, AS AMENDED BY P.L.1-2006, SECTION 135, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 2. (a) When formulating an annual budget estimate, the proper officers of a political subdivision shall prepare an estimate of the amount of revenue which the political subdivision will receive from the state for and during the budget year for which the budget is being formulated. These estimated revenues shall be shown in the budget estimate and shall be taken into consideration in calculating the tax levy which is to be made for the ensuing calendar year. However, this section does not apply to funds to be received from the state or the federal government for:
        (1) township assistance;
        (2) unemployment relief;
        (3) old age pensions; or
        (4) other funds which may at any time be made available under "The Economic Security Act" or under any other federal act which provides for civil and public works projects.
    (b) When formulating an annual budget estimate, the proper officers of a political subdivision shall prepare an estimate of the amount of revenue that the political subdivision will receive under a development agreement (as defined in IC 36-1-8-9.5) for and during the budget year for which the budget is being formulated. Revenue received under a development agreement may not be used to reduce the political subdivision's maximum levy under IC 6-1.1-18.5 but may be used at the discretion of the political subdivision to reduce the property tax levy of the political subdivision for a particular year.
     (c) When formulating an annual budget estimate, the proper officers of a township or (after December 31, 2012) the county fiscal body shall consider the following:
        (1) The ending balance that will remain in each township fund relative to:
            (A) the budgeted expenditures from the fund;
            (B) the fund balance that must be maintained by the township on account of actual or anticipated delayed property tax billing, collection, or distribution; and
            (C) the amount of tax anticipation notes or warrants or other obligations incurred by the township on account of delayed property tax billing, collection, or distribution.
        (2) Whether the part of the balance that exceeds:
            (A) ten percent (10%) of budgeted expenditures; and
            (B) any additional balance required on account of the factors described in subdivision (1)(B) and (1)(C);
        should be used instead of imposing additional property taxes for the ensuing year.

         (3) After December 31, 2012, with regard to a township capital improvement fund or cumulative building fund, the township capital improvement plan prepared under IC 36-6-10.
SOURCE: IC 6-1.1-17-3; (10)IN0240.1.7. -->     SECTION 7. IC 6-1.1-17-3, AS AMENDED BY P.L.182-2009(ss), SECTION 114, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 3. (a) The proper officers of a political subdivision shall formulate its estimated budget and its proposed tax rate and tax levy on the form prescribed by the department of local government finance and approved by the state board of accounts. The political subdivision shall give notice by publication to taxpayers of:
        (1) the estimated budget;
        (2) the estimated maximum permissible levy;
        (3) the current and proposed tax levies of each fund; and
        (4) the amounts of excessive levy appeals to be requested.
In the notice, the political subdivision shall also state the time and place at which a public hearing will be held on these items. The notice shall be published twice in accordance with IC 5-3-1 with the first publication at least ten (10) days before the date fixed for the public hearing. Beginning in 2009, the duties required by this subsection must be completed before September 10 of the calendar year.
    (b) The board of directors of a solid waste management district established under IC 13-21 or IC 13-9.5-2 (before its repeal) may conduct the public hearing required under subsection (a):
        (1) in any county of the solid waste management district; and
        (2) in accordance with the annual notice of meetings published under IC 13-21-5-2.
    (c) The trustee of each township in the county or (after December 31, 2012) the county fiscal body shall estimate the amount necessary

to meet the cost of township assistance in the township for the ensuing calendar year. The township board or (after December 31, 2012) the county fiscal body shall adopt with the township budget a tax rate sufficient to meet the estimated cost of township assistance. The taxes collected as a result of the tax rate adopted under this subsection are credited to the township assistance fund.
    (d) This subsection expires January 1, 2009. A county shall adopt with the county budget and the department of local government finance shall certify under section 16 of this chapter a tax rate sufficient to raise the levy necessary to pay the following:
        (1) The cost of child services (as defined in IC 12-19-7-1, before its repeal) of the county payable from the family and children's fund.
        (2) The cost of children's psychiatric residential treatment services (as defined in IC 12-19-7.5-1, before its repeal) of the county payable from the children's psychiatric residential treatment services fund.
A budget, tax rate, or tax levy adopted by a county fiscal body or approved or modified by a county board of tax adjustment that is less than the levy necessary to pay the costs described in subdivision (1) or (2) shall not be treated as a final budget, tax rate, or tax levy under section 11 of this chapter.

SOURCE: IC; (10)IN0240.1.8. -->     SECTION 8. IC 6-1.1-17-16, AS AMENDED BY P.L.182-2009(ss), SECTION 123, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 16. (a) Subject to the limitations and requirements prescribed in this section, the department of local government finance may revise, reduce, or increase a political subdivision's budget by fund, tax rate, or tax levy which the department reviews under section 8 or 10 of this chapter. When reviewing a budget, tax rate, and tax levy of a township, the department of local government finance shall consider the issues described in section 2(c) of this chapter.
    (b) Subject to the limitations and requirements prescribed in this section, the department of local government finance may review, revise, reduce, or increase the budget by fund, tax rate, or tax levy of any of the political subdivisions whose tax rates compose the aggregate tax rate within a political subdivision whose budget, tax rate, or tax levy is the subject of an appeal initiated under this chapter.
    (c) Except as provided in subsections (j) and (k), before the department of local government finance reviews, revises, reduces, or increases a political subdivision's budget by fund, tax rate, or tax levy under this section, the department must hold a public hearing on the

budget, tax rate, and tax levy. The department of local government finance shall hold the hearing in the county in which the political subdivision is located. The department of local government finance may consider the budgets by fund, tax rates, and tax levies of several political subdivisions at the same public hearing. At least five (5) days before the date fixed for a public hearing, the department of local government finance shall give notice of the time and place of the hearing and of the budgets by fund, levies, and tax rates to be considered at the hearing. The department of local government finance shall publish the notice in two (2) newspapers of general circulation published in the county. However, if only one (1) newspaper of general circulation is published in the county, the department of local government finance shall publish the notice in that newspaper.
    (d) Except as provided in subsection (i), IC 20-46, or IC 6-1.1-18.5, the department of local government finance may not increase a political subdivision's budget by fund, tax rate, or tax levy to an amount which exceeds the amount originally fixed by the political subdivision. However, if the department of local government finance determines that IC 5-3-1-2.3(b) applies to the tax rate, tax levy, or budget of the political subdivision, the maximum amount by which the department may increase the tax rate, tax levy, or budget is the amount originally fixed by the political subdivision, and not the amount that was incorrectly published or omitted in the notice described in IC 5-3-1-2.3(b). The department of local government finance shall give the political subdivision written notification specifying any revision, reduction, or increase the department proposes in a political subdivision's tax levy or tax rate. The political subdivision has ten (10) calendar days from the date the political subdivision receives the notice to provide a written response to the department of local government finance's Indianapolis office. The response may include budget reductions, reallocation of levies, a revision in the amount of miscellaneous revenues, and further review of any other item about which, in the view of the political subdivision, the department is in error. The department of local government finance shall consider the adjustments as specified in the political subdivision's response if the response is provided as required by this subsection and shall deliver a final decision to the political subdivision.
    (e) The department of local government finance may not approve a levy for lease payments by a city, town, county, library, or school corporation if the lease payments are payable to a building corporation for use by the building corporation for debt service on bonds and if:
        (1) no bonds of the building corporation are outstanding; or


        (2) the building corporation has enough legally available funds on hand to redeem all outstanding bonds payable from the particular lease rental levy requested.
    (f) The department of local government finance shall certify its action to:
        (1) the county auditor;
        (2) the political subdivision if the department acts pursuant to an appeal initiated by the political subdivision;
        (3) the taxpayer that initiated an appeal under section 13 of this chapter, or, if the appeal was initiated by multiple taxpayers, the first ten (10) taxpayers whose names appear on the statement filed to initiate the appeal; and
        (4) a taxpayer that owns property that represents at least ten percent (10%) of the taxable assessed valuation in the political subdivision.
    (g) The following may petition for judicial review of the final determination of the department of local government finance under subsection (f):
        (1) If the department acts under an appeal initiated by a political subdivision, the political subdivision.
        (2) If the department:
            (A) acts under an appeal initiated by one (1) or more taxpayers under section 13 of this chapter; or
            (B) fails to act on the appeal before the department certifies its action under subsection (f);
        a taxpayer who signed the statement filed to initiate the appeal.
        (3) If the department acts under an appeal initiated by the county auditor under section 14 of this chapter, the county auditor.
        (4) A taxpayer that owns property that represents at least ten percent (10%) of the taxable assessed valuation in the political subdivision.
The petition must be filed in the tax court not more than forty-five (45) days after the department certifies its action under subsection (f).
    (h) The department of local government finance is expressly directed to complete the duties assigned to it under this section not later than February 15th of each year for taxes to be collected during that year.
    (i) Subject to the provisions of all applicable statutes, the department of local government finance may increase a political subdivision's tax levy to an amount that exceeds the amount originally fixed by the political subdivision if the increase is:
        (1) requested in writing by the officers of the political

subdivision;
        (2) either:
            (A) based on information first obtained by the political subdivision after the public hearing under section 3 of this chapter; or
            (B) results from an inadvertent mathematical error made in determining the levy; and
        (3) published by the political subdivision according to a notice provided by the department.
    (j) The department of local government finance shall annually review the budget by fund of each school corporation not later than April 1. The department of local government finance shall give the school corporation written notification specifying any revision, reduction, or increase the department proposes in the school corporation's budget by fund. A public hearing is not required in connection with this review of the budget.
    (k) The department of local government finance may hold a hearing under subsection (c) only if the notice required in section 12 of this chapter is published at least ten (10) days before the date of the hearing.

SOURCE: IC 13-11-2-86; (10)IN0240.1.9. -->     SECTION 9. IC 13-11-2-86 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 86. "Fiscal body" means:
        (1) the county council, for a county not having a consolidated city;
        (2) the city-county council of a consolidated city and county;
        (3) the common council of a city;
        (4) the town council of a town;
        (5) the township board, of for a township:
             (A) the township board, before January 1, 2013; and
            (B) the county fiscal body, after December 31, 2012;
or
        (6) the board of directors of a conservancy district.
SOURCE: IC 36-1-2-6; (10)IN0240.1.10. -->     SECTION 10. IC 36-1-2-6, AS AMENDED BY P.L.186-2006, SECTION 2, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 6. "Fiscal body" means:
        (1) county council, for a county not having a consolidated city;
        (2) city-county council, for a consolidated city or county having a consolidated city;
        (3) common council, for a city other than a consolidated city;
        (4) town council, for a town;
        (5) township board, for a township:
             (A) the township board, before January 1, 2013; and
            (B) the county fiscal body, after December 31, 2012;

        (6) governing body or budget approval body, for any other political subdivision that has a governing body or budget approval body; or
        (7) chief executive officer of any other political subdivision that does not have a governing body or budget approval body.
SOURCE: IC 36-1-2-9; (10)IN0240.1.11. -->     SECTION 11. IC 36-1-2-9, AS AMENDED BY P.L.186-2006, SECTION 3, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 9. "Legislative body" means: the:
        (1) the board of county commissioners, for a county not subject to IC 36-2-3.5 or IC 36-3-1;
        (2) the county council, for a county subject to IC 36-2-3.5;
        (3) the city-county council, for a consolidated city or county having a consolidated city;
        (4) the common council, for a city other than a consolidated city;
        (5) the town council, for a town;
        (6) township board, for a township:
             (A) the township board, before January 1, 2013; and
            (B) the county fiscal body, after December 31, 2012;

        (7) the governing body of any other political subdivision that has a governing body; or
        (8) the chief executive officer of any other political subdivision that does not have a governing body.
SOURCE: IC 36-1-8-17; (10)IN0240.1.12. -->     SECTION 12. IC 36-1-8-17 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 17. (a) Each township office must include the address, phone number, and regular office hours (if any) of the township office in at least one (1) local telephone directory.
    (b) A public meeting or a public hearing of a township official or governing body may not be held in a private residence.

SOURCE: IC 36-6-4-12; (10)IN0240.1.13. -->     SECTION 13. IC 36-6-4-12 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 12. (a) At the annual meeting of the township legislative body under IC 36-6-6-9 the executive shall present a complete report of all receipts and expenditures of the preceding calendar year, including the balance to the credit of each fund controlled by the executive. If the executive controls any money that is not included in a particular fund, then the executive shall state all the facts concerning that money in the report.
    (b) Each item of expenditure must be accompanied by the verified voucher of the person to whom the sum was paid, stating:
        (1) why the payment was made;
        (2) that the receipt is for the exact sum received;
        (3) that no part of the sum has been retained by the executive; and
        (4) that no part of the sum has been or is to be returned to the executive or any other person.
The executive may administer oaths to persons giving these receipts.
     (c) The report must separately list each expenditure that is made to reimburse the executive for the executive's use of personal property for public business, including any reimbursements made for the executive's use of a private residence, a personal telephone, or a personal vehicle for public business.
    (c) (d) The executive shall swear or affirm that:
        (1) the report shows all sums received by him; the executive;
        (2) the expenditures credited have been fully paid in the sums stated, without express or implied agreement that any part of the sums is to be retained by or returned to the executive or any other person; and
        (3) the executive has received no money or other property in consideration of any contract entered into on behalf of the township.
    (d) (e) Within ten (10) days after the legislative body's action under IC 36-6-6-9, the executive shall file a copy of the report and its accompanying vouchers, as adopted by the legislative body, in the county auditor's office. The legislative body may, for the benefit of the township, bring a civil action against the executive if the executive fails to file the report within ten (10) days after the legislative body's action. The legislative body may recover five dollars ($5) for each day beyond the time limit for filing the report, until the report is filed.
SOURCE: IC 36-6-6-1; (10)IN0240.1.14. -->     SECTION 14. IC 36-6-6-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 1. (a) This chapter applies to all townships.
     (b) On January 1, 2013, the township boards in each county are abolished.
    (c) After December 31, 2012:
        (1) the county fiscal body is the fiscal body and legislative body of each township in the county; and
        (2) the county fiscal body shall exercise the legislative and fiscal powers assigned in the Indiana Code to township boards, including the authority to adopt the township's annual budget and to levy township property taxes for township funds.
    (d) The abolishment of a township board under subsection (b) does not invalidate:
        (1) any resolutions, fees, schedules, or other actions adopted or taken by the township board before January 1, 2013; or
        (2) any appointments made by the township board before January 1, 2013.
    (e) After December 31, 2012, any reference:
        (1) in the Indiana Code;
        (2) in the Indiana Administrative Code; or
        (3) in any resolution;
to the township board shall be considered a reference to the county fiscal body.

SOURCE: IC 36-6-9; (10)IN0240.1.15. -->     SECTION 15. IC 36-6-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]:
     Chapter 9. Employment of Relatives
    Sec. 1. (a) As used in this chapter, "relative" means:
        (1) a husband;
        (2) a wife;
        (3) a father, grandfather, or stepfather;
        (4) a mother, grandmother, or stepmother;
        (5) a son, grandson, stepson, or son-in-law;
        (6) a daughter, granddaughter, stepdaughter, or daughter-in-law;
        (7) a brother or stepbrother;
        (8) a sister or stepsister;
        (9) an aunt;
        (10) an uncle;
        (11) a niece;
        (12) a nephew; or
        (13) a first cousin.
    (b) A relative by adoption, half-blood, marriage, or remarriage shall be treated as a relative of whole kinship.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "township employee" means an individual who is employed by a township on a full-time, a part-time, a temporary, an intermittent, or an hourly basis. The term does not include a member of a paid fire department or a volunteer fire department that renders fire protection services to the township.
    Sec. 3. A township may not hire an individual as a township employee, if the individual is a relative of a township officer or township employee.
    Sec. 4. (a) A township may not enter into a contract or renew a contract with:
        (1) an individual to provide goods or services to the township, if the individual is a relative of the township trustee; or
        (2) a business entity to provide goods or services, if a relative of the township trustee has an ownership interest in the business entity.
    (b) This section does not prohibit a township from entering into a contract or renewing a contract if an employee of:
        (1) an individual contractor under subsection (a)(1); or
        (2) a business entity under subsection (a)(2);
is a relative of the township trustee.
    (c) This section does not affect the initial term of a contract in existence at the time a township trustee's term of office begins.
    Sec. 5. A township employee who marries another township employee or officer may not continue to be employed by the township.

    Sec. 6. This chapter does not require the termination or reassignment of any employee of a township from any position held by that individual before July 1, 2010. This section expires January 1, 2012.
SOURCE: IC 36-6-10; (10)IN0240.1.16. -->     SECTION 16. IC 36-6-10 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]:
    Chapter 10. Township Capital Improvement Plan
    Sec. 1. This chapter applies after December 31, 2012.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "capital improvement" means
        (1) acquisition of land;
        (2) site improvements;
        (3) infrastructure improvements;
        (4) construction of buildings or structures;
        (5) rehabilitation, renovation, or enlargement of buildings or structures; or
        (6) acquisition or improvement of machinery, equipment, furnishings, or facilities.
    Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "capital improvement fund" means a township fund in which the money in the fund may be used for the payment of capital improvements. The term includes:
        (1) a cumulative firefighting building and equipment fund under IC 36-8-14;
        (2) an equipment replacement fund under IC 36-8-19-8.5;
        (3) a cumulative township vehicle and building fund under IC 36-9-17.5;
        (4) a cumulative building fund under IC 36-10-7.5-19; and
        (5) any other fund established by a township for the payment of capital improvements.
    Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "plan" refers to a township capital improvement plan adopted or amended under this chapter.
    Sec. 5. Before a township may collect property taxes for a capital improvement fund in a particular year, the township trustee must prepare a proposed or amended plan in the immediately preceding year. The county fiscal body, not later than September 20, shall hold a public hearing on a proposed or amended plan and adopt the proposed or amended plan.
    Sec. 6. (a) The department of local government finance shall prescribe the format of the plan.
    (b) A plan must:
        (1) apply to at least the three (3) years immediately following the year the plan is adopted;
        (2) estimate for each year to which the plan applies the nature and amount of proposed expenditures from the capital improvement fund; and
        (3) estimate:
            (A) the source of all revenue to be dedicated to the proposed expenditures in the upcoming calendar year; and
            (B) the amount of property taxes to be collected in the upcoming calendar year and retained in the fund for expenditures proposed for a later year.
    Sec. 7. A township trustee, with the approval of the county fiscal body, may amend a plan to:
        (1) provide money for the purposes of the fund; or
        (2) supplement money accumulated in the fund for the purposes of the fund.

    Sec. 8. The plan shall be considered by:
        (1) the county fiscal body in making the annual budget estimate under IC 6-1.1-17-2; and
        (2) the department of local government finance when reviewing a budget, tax rate, and tax levy of a township under IC 6-1.1-17-16.