An investigative report by CNHI News Indiana finds widespread problems with public accessibility and engagement, budget management and internal controls in Indiana’s township government system.
Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan still gets phone calls about a report he co-authored 11 years ago urging reforms, including the dismantling of townships, in Indiana government.
A CNHI News Indiana investigation shows how townships use tax funds, how well they provide services and how effectively they engage with local residents.
After Judith Sharp had been in office as Monroe County assessor for just a month, she rattled decades-old traditions when she told attendees at a state conference that the township assessor system needed a shakeup.
Last February, JoAnne Flohr was well aware that Indiana's centuries-old system of township government faced realignment by the legislature.
Townships in Indiana have a variety of funds, fueled by tax dollars, that pay for fire departments, poor relief, cemetery maintenance, parks and other services.
Sherri Lynn Houser tried to pay family bills by writing checks to herself through the local Olive Township trustee's office where she was a clerk.
In a chamber of commerce meeting a year ago in Muncie, state Rep. Kevin Mahan asked the 100 or so attendees whether they knew their township trustee.
A few months into his first term as governor of Indiana in 2017, Holcomb called Debbie Driskell to his office to discuss a long-standing perception about townships.
After ending 10 years of heroin addiction, Kendra Thompson was moving into a new apartment in late September, hoping to show she could responsibly care for her daughter.
For much of the past year, journalists from CNHI’s 13 Indiana newspapers have taken a deep look at township government. What they found should trouble taxpayers throughout the state.
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