The Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform wants you. Sort of.
They want Hoosiers to give them ideas on how to improve and restructure local government.
In the wake of many Hoosiers suffering a form of property tax sticker shock, Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard and former Gov. Joe Kernan were appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels in July to co-chair the commission, which has five other members.
Kernan said the ultimate goal of the commission is to streamline and modernize local government without compromising the quality of services delivered.
He and Shepard also hope the changes will result in cost-savings to Indiana’s taxpayers.
“Everything is on the table,” Kernan said. “Everything is fair game.”
According to Kelly's story, the panel plans only 3 public meetings where the public can be heard. These are very busy people after all. "But the real decisions will be made behind closed doors – as the group’s first meeting was Wednesday," Kelly writes. "Behind closed doors?" Don't these meetings have to be conducted in accordance with Indiana's public access law?