Indiana Township Consolidation Bill Fails To Get A Vote

A proposal that would have forced government mergers on about 300 small Indiana townships has died in the Legislature without a vote.

The bill wasn’t called for a vote by Monday night’s deadline for the Indiana House to act on it during this year’s legislative session. Republican House leaders had made the proposal one of their top priorities for this year, but House Speaker Brian Bosma said it didn’t gain enough support among G-O-P legislators from rural districts.

The plan would have required consolidation by townships with fewer than 12-hundred residents…affecting about 30- percent of the state’s townships.

Indiana’s township system was established in the 1800s, but most of their responsibilities for schools, roads and other services have been taken over by school districts, counties and cities over the decades.