Brinegar: Townships Still Wasting Your Money

Chamber President Kevin Brinegar explains legislators "failed to deliver meaningful local government reform" this spring, and taxpayers are feeling the brunt of it. He points to many late 2009 filings and an egregious abuse of township monies in Evansville as examples of why we need to hold legislators accountable.

2 thoughts on “Brinegar: Townships Still Wasting Your Money

  1. I really wish the Chamber would stick with promoting business rather than promoting the Republican and/or Conservative Values. Mr. Brineger points out the many problems with Townships Government; what he fails to point out is that many other levels of State Government do the same things. Townships are just an easy target. Try to get rid of any part of County Government and see what happens. If all County Government (autitors, Recorders, Tresurer, etc.) is turned over to a one person county executive position, you will see much more corruption and hiring of policial alies and/or family members. What they say sounds good – get rid of Township Government and the state can have the 200 millions in thier bank accounts. The state legislatures could easily take over those account now, by passing a bill stating that unused township funds be turned over to the state general fund. As far as late reporting by Townships, all I can say is get real. There are avenues that autitors can take if a township does not report their in a timely manner.

  2. The Chamber’s position with local government reform is neither a Republican, Democrat, conservative or liberal position. What we wish to create is a better system of local government that can more effectively deliver the needed services in our local communities. It is also about accountability, transparancy and a more simple system of government that citizens (including businesses) know who to contact. That is not the case with the system that was developed pre-Civil War that we all inherited. One example is the property tax assessment system that recently changed to eliminate all but 13 township assessors. The system functions much better and is improving as it continues to transition. With County government, there is much that can be done there too. Keep in mind the checks and balances that are at the municipal, state and federal level between the executive, legislative and judicial branches.

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