The Local Government Finance Study Commission was established by P.L.242-1997 to review
laws effecting local government finance in Indiana. The Commission was first established in
1992, and it was re-established in 1994 and then again in 1997. It is set to expire in November of
P.L.242-1997 charged the Commission with the following duties:
1. Conducting a study of matters concerning local government, including the following:
A. Ways to simplify and recodify statutory property tax controls.
B. Revenue sources and uses of the revenue.
C. The impact of property tax controls on economic development.
D. Alternative sources of revenue that are not derived from property taxes.
E. Substantive changes to the Barrett Law.
In addition, the Legislative Council assigned the following subjects to the Commission for study in 2001:
A. Volunteer firefighter insurance (HB 1217)
B. Local public improvement areas (HCR 111)
C. Northwest Indiana local government finance (HB 1655)