Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Local News

February 17, 2009

Daniels, Kernan pitch government reform

The push to reform county government in Indiana started in Kokomo with a visit by Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Gov. Joe Kernan.

They argued the state system is antiquated and must be changed.

More than 200 people attended a meeting Tuesday at Pastariffic during which Daniels and Kernan answered questions on the proposal sponsored by MySmartGov.org.

Marilyn Schultz, executive director of the organization, said a vote on township government reform is scheduled in the Indiana Senate. She noted sample letters were available for people to send and cell phones available to contact lawmakers.

The key to local government reform is the Kernan-Shepard Report issued last year. It presented 27 recommendations to consolidate local government.

The intent of the reforms is to replace the current system of county government with a single elected county executive who would then make appointments, similar to a mayor.

If approved, it would mean county auditors, treasurers, recorders, assessors, coroners and surveyors would no longer be elected positions. It would also eliminate township trustees, consolidate library districts and seek to consolidate school systems of less than 1,000 students.

Daniels said the public has been opposed to some change, such as the switch to daylight-saving time, which he said was a good policy for the state.

“By every measure, the public supports the change in the system,” he said. “Last year in referendum votes most township assessor positions were eliminated.”

Daniels said those wanting to maintain the status quo are mostly the officeholders and they are mobilized and will show up at hearings.

“The public needs to make their position known,” he said. “We’re not sailing into the wind on this one.”

Daniels said he doubts any legislators will lose an election if they vote for the government reform bills.

David Bottorff, director of the Association of Indiana Counties, said the organization is supportive of most of the recommendations.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • FEMA's disaster decisions frustrate state, local leaders Pamela Jackson thought she was lucky to escape harm as a tornado bore down on her neighborhood last November. She huddled in a bathroom with her two disabled sons, critically ill husband and six other family members as the twister blew out windows an

    April 23, 2014

  • timthumb.jpg INDOT to install curbs on Markland

    Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews have been scheduled to install traffic separator curbs between opposing lanes of State Road 22/Markland Avenue during the week of April 28. Placement of the highly visible manufactured curbing is

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Farmers Market 01 Kokomo Downtown Farmers' Market gets facelift Pint-sized gardeners made homemade Chia Pets at the Kokomo Downtown Farmers' Market Saturday morning while their parents shopped for homegrown produce nearby. The kids packed grass seeds and dirt inside the disposable socks you get at shoe stores. Th

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • FEMA grants disaster aid to Tipton County The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by a January storm that brought paralyzing snow and frigid temperatures. Governor Mike Pence received word Tuesday that FEMA had granted his appeal for fede

    April 23, 2014

  • Native American inmate sues Miami Correctional Facility BUNKER HILL - A Native American inmate is suing the Miami Correctional Facility for violating his constitutional religious freedom after the prison last year terminated Native American worship services. Daniel Littlepage says in a class action lawsui

    April 23, 2014

  • Take Back the Night 17 Crowd rallies around domestic violence victims

    Doran Gwyn vividly remembers the night his stepdad came home from work and sat down at the table for supper. "He looked at the meal and said, 'What is this,'" Gwyn recalled. Then he took a bowl of food and smashed it against the ceiling in a rage and

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Tipton commission appointments get tangled up in confusion Months of confusion over a pair of appointments to two economic development commissions in Tipton County appear to be coming to an end, but not without its share of confusion. Single appointments to both the Tipton County Economic Development Commiss

    April 23, 2014

  • FEMA OKs aid for Tipton, 18 counties, but not Howard Co.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by a January storm that brought paralyzing snow and frigid readings.

    April 22, 2014

  • Energy-saving program powering down this year Ever wonder how energy efficient your house is? You can find out. For free. But not for long. Energizing Indiana, a 2-year-old initiative of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, offers any homeowner in the state a free energy assessment for the

    April 22, 2014

  • Ways to celebrate Earth Day everyday “Help save the planet.” It’s a common phrase that sounds impossible to most of us. After all, what can one person really do to make an impact on the huge environmental issues facing people all over the world? But going green doesn't have to be a daun

    April 22, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries