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Friday, December 05, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Local government’s proposed budgets no longer to be published in newspapers prior to public hearings

That from the Crawfordsville Journal Review in a Dec. 4th opinion piece that begins (and ends):

The League of Women Voters believes that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation at all levels of government. The League further believes that governmental bodies must protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.

The League was distressed to learn that the 2014 Indiana General Assembly eliminated the requirement that local government’s proposed budgets be published in newspapers prior to public hearings. Because this does not take effect until 2016, there has been little attention or awareness of this major departure of information available to public.

The Department of Local Government Finance successfully pursued elimination of the publication requirement in 2014 HEA 1266. The DLGF argued that posting of budget information on the DLGF website was more effective than publication in newspapers. How many citizens are even aware there is a DLGF website much less look at it regularly? * * *

The League of Women Voters of Indiana is partnering with the Hoosier State Press Association to advocate in the 2015 General Assembly for the return of the requirement of publication in local newspapers of local government budgets before HEA 1266 takes effect in 2016. Urge our Senator and Representatives to support transparent government.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 5, 2014 10:25 AM
Posted to Indiana Government