INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House scarcely approved a bill today that will abolish 13 township assessor offices around the state – including Wayne Township in Allen County.
More than a dozen legislators spoke for and against House Bill 1027, which passed 53-44 and now moves to the Senate.
The bill overrides voters' wishes from referendums in 2008, and would go into effect in 2023.
Rep. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown, said a study done by state agencies found that county assessors outperform township assessor in terms of quality and cost.
She noted that lawmakers immediately abolished 965 township assessors as part of a major property tax restructuring back in 2008.
But legislators gave voters the right to weigh in on the townships with the largest number of parcels. Forty-three township assessor offices went to the ballot and Hoosiers kept 13 in nine counties while shifting the duties of the 30 others to the county assessor.
Wayne Township is one of the remaining 13. The office has an annual budget of almost $700,000, which covers 12 full-time employees including the assessor. The township is in charge of assessing more than 46,000 parcels of land.