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.
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.
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.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has just two more days to decide the fate of two measures that could change Lake County forever.
The legislation that enables Griffith to exit Calumet Township is acceptable, but realize that this is a Band-Aid and not a permanent solution.
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.
Griffith officials are still looking for the exit, trying to get out from under the cost of supporting Calumet Township.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith is halfway toward winning legislative permission to hold a referendum on whether to leave Calumet Township and join another Lake County township.
INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith's latest attempt to divorce itself from Calumet Township cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
Lake County's 11 townships should be commended for their work in bringing uniformity to township operations.
GRIFFITH | Griffith and Calumet Township are headed for summer school.
INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers are considering changes to a plan reducing property taxes paid by Griffith residents to Calumet Township.
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.
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