Public Policy Institute
Research Area: Tax & Finance
In the summer of 2007, Governor Daniels requested that CUPE provide support staff and facilities to the newly-formed Commission on Local Government Reform, a bipartisan commission established to address property tax issues and to examine and make recommendations on reforming and restructuring local government in Indiana. The Commission operates under the leadership of its chairs, former Governor Joseph E. Kernan and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, and with the assistance of the Indiana University Center for Urban Policy and the Environment.
In order to make citizens aware of the process and to allow opportunity for public input, the Commission held six forums around the state during September and October. Forums were held at the locations listed below:
• September 27: Evansville (City of Evansville)
• October 8: Gary (Indiana University Northwest)
• October 9: Ft. Wayne (Allen County Public Library)
• October 11: South Bend (Indiana University South Bend/City of South Bend)
• October 15: New Albany (Indiana University Southeast)
• October 17: Franklin (Franklin College)
At each of the six events, forum participants provided input in moderated, small-group discussions about local government services and responsibilities, key issues they saw affecting local government effectiveness, and reforms they believed would improve the delivery of necessary government services. On December 11, 2007, the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform released its report, Streamlining Local Government: We've got to stop governing like this, that included a set of 27 recommendations to restructure and reform local government. This report can be accessed at http://indianalocalgovreform.iu.edu/recommendations/index.html.