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Poor Relief

Endless struggle or revolving door?

Endless struggle or revolving door?

The 73,069 people who received $5.3 million in poor relief from township trustees in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in 2013 represent a heavy burden on local government resources, local government officials said.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos



'Impossible' to cut Calumet Twp. tax rate, official says

INDIANAPOLIS | A Calumet Township official told a legislative panel Tuesday it is "impossible" for the township to reduce its tax rate enough to avoid new state sanctions.

December 03, 2013 6:24 pm
MARC CHASE: Threat of secession a warning shot for townships

MARC CHASE: Threat of secession a warning shot for townships

A collective groan could be heard from Calumet Township recently as a law opening the door for Griffith to leave the township took effect in Indianapolis. Though it might sound ominous to some, the groan has the potential to be the harmony of forced government reform.

May 21, 2013 12:00 am
Pence orders cuts in Calumet Township spending

Pence orders cuts in Calumet Township spending

INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith leaders were ecstatic Friday after Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed into law mandatory reductions in Calumet Township spending and a path for Griffith to exit the township if its excessive spending continues.

May 10, 2013 5:02 pm Related

Governor yet to act on two Lake County bills

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has just two more days to decide the fate of two measures that could change Lake County forever.

May 09, 2013 7:00 pm Related

EDITORIAL: Griffith legislation is a good start

The legislation that enables Griffith to exit Calumet Township is acceptable, but realize that this is a Band-Aid and not a permanent solution.

April 23, 2013 12:00 am

Plan capping Calumet Twp. spending headed to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | It took six years of explaining, arguing and working around legislative roadblocks, but Griffith is now just a few pen strokes away from having a path to exit Calumet Township.

April 18, 2013 7:30 pm Related

EDITORIAL: Griffith's plight is symptom of larger problem

Griffith officials are still looking for the exit, trying to get out from under the cost of supporting Calumet Township.

March 12, 2013 12:00 am

Griffith-Calumet Twp. showdown near

INDIANAPOLIS | A House-approved proposal that could enable Griffith to separate from Calumet Township will be among the first measures considered by an Indiana Senate committee during the second half of this legislative session.

March 03, 2013 8:19 pm Related


House backs referendum on Griffith leaving Calumet Township

INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith is halfway toward winning legislative permission to hold a referendum on whether to leave Calumet Township and join another Lake County township.

February 12, 2013 8:00 pm Related


Griffith's attempt to leave Cal Twp. advances

INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith's latest attempt to divorce itself from Calumet Township cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday.

February 05, 2013 10:15 pm Related


EDITORIAL: Township takes step toward efficiency

The Portage Township trustee's office is reportedly the first township in Indiana to go to a paperless assistance program. This is long overdue step.

December 16, 2012 12:00 am

Legislature unlikely to act on Griffith, Calumet Township tax fix

INDIANAPOLIS | Legislation to give Griffith residents relief from Calumet Township property taxes appears unlikely to win House and Senate approval before the General Assembly adjourns for the year Friday.

March 08, 2012 6:15 pm

Griffith still may win relief from Calumet Township taxes

INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, is not giving up in her quest to reduce the property taxes paid by Griffith residents to Calumet Township, even as the 2012 legislative session approaches next week's adjournment.

February 29, 2012 7:15 pm

EDITORIAL: Township trustees introduce uniform services

Lake County's 11 townships should be commended for their work in bringing uniformity to township operations.

September 30, 2011 12:00 am

State panel to review Griffith's argument for leaving Calumet Twp.

GRIFFITH | Griffith and Calumet Township are headed for summer school.

June 07, 2011 9:25 pm

Griffith may get reprieve from Calumet Twp. taxes

INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers are considering changes to a plan reducing property taxes paid by Griffith residents to Calumet Township.

April 26, 2011 7:30 pm
North Township inundated with requests for help

North Township inundated with requests for help

MUNSTER | Kevin Robert, a Munster man with a stay-at-home wife and toddler triplets, was leading a contented life when he was abruptly sacked by his company last September.

February 06, 2011 12:00 am
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