- County governments should be led by a single, elected county executive and a stronger county council, to which professionally qualified administrators should report and be accountable.
- The services performed by township personnel should be transferred to the county governments.
- All local public safety services should be coordinated countywide, and regionally where appropriate. Emergency dispatch must be centralized, at least countywide, using the compatible 800 MHz system.
- Only elected officials should have the power to levy taxes.
- Indiana’s school districts should be large enough to gather sufficient resources to educate our children for 21st-century life.
- All spending, including school spending, should be subject to more rigorous examination by elected officials.
- A statewide office should be designated to provide technical assistance to help local governments make recommended changes.
I'll have more on this after I have a chance to read the final report but suffice to say that I'm encouraged by some of these findings. The best recommendation yet is #4 - I simply cannot believe that the state of Indiana allows un-elected individuals to raise our taxes without approval. Also, as I expected, the commission is recommending that township services be rolled up to the county level...
UPDATE: I've had a chance to read the full report and I must say that I'm very impressed as the commission went above and beyond my expectations. There's too much to discuss for a post right now but I'll have one up this evening giving my thoughts on the 27 recommendations...