Local government reform a top priority for Gov. Mitch Daniels

The man who started Indiana’s property tax reform movement is ready to reform local government.

Governor Mitch Daniels says he is days away from announcing the specifics of his plan.

The governor feels this is the perfect time to restructure local government—in part—because it won’t cost a dime.

Mitch Daniels today told News Center 16 that he will follow through on some of the local government reform recommendations contained in the Kernan-Shepard report released in December of 2007.

Those recommendations ranged from eliminating township government, to consolidating school districts with enrollments under 2,000 students, and doing away with a variety of elected offices, including County Sheriffs and County Auditors.

“Real reform of local government along the lines Joe Kernan and others have suggested, here’s change—big change—that doesn’t cost a penny,” said Daniels. “In fact it will save money if we can bring more rationality to local government, if we can clean up surplus layers and taxing units and politicians that we have.”

Daniels added that there are some things in the report that “it’s just not time for,” but he said there are many things he thinks ought to be enacted right now.

Today, Governor Daniels refused to be more specific on the type of reforms he’ll recommend. He says he plans on making a major announcement in a “couple of days.”

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