- Combine all township and airport fire departments into the Indianapolis Fire Department. The key element of the combined agency will be to institutionalize credentialing for fire department emergency personnel.
- Stabilize the financial impact on citizens by freezing the fire levy at the 2008 level for three years.
- Place the governance of all public safety services under the mayor of Indianapolis, as of 2011.
- Eliminate the office of county coroner by constitutional amendment and replace it with a regional medical examiner system statewide, as of 2011.
- Make the salaries the same for the Marion County sheriff and the Marion County prosecutor, as of 2011. Any additional income currently earned by the sheriff as a result of fees collected would be used instead to fund police pensions.
- Eliminate the offices of township trustee and Town Board, and assign all their current duties to county agencies, including township assistance (formerly known as poor relief) services to the Marion County Welfare Department, as of 2011.
- Establish a division of Small Claims Courts within the Marion County Superior Court System and maintain function and location within each township, as of 2011.
Eliminate the office of township assessor and replace it with a statewide assessment system, as of 2011.
- Combine the duties of the elected offices of Marion County treasurer, Marion County auditor and City of Indianapolis controller, as of 2011, and cross-train the staff.
Impose a term limit of two four-year terms onto the office of the mayor of Indianapolis, grandfathering in the current mayor.
- Increase citizen accountability for the City-County Council by eliminating the four at-large seats and reducing the total council to 25 community-based district seats, as of 2011.
- Align the office of township constable with modern government practices through the implementation of professional credentialing and cost containment of salaries. This streamline measure will combine the township constables and the Marion County sheriff's civil sheriffs into a warrant officer court service within the Superior Courts. Constables will be required to have the customary training and credentialing for law enforcement officers with similar powers.
I like Merritt's idea of eliminating the four at-large seats on the council. His plan would reduce the number of council seats from 29 to 25. I've heard others suggest making the four at-large seats district seats. The idea of having at-large council seats always struck me as being anti-democratic. At-large seats were orginally contrived as a means of diluting the influence of minority voters, although 3 of the current 4 seats in Marion Co. are currently held by African-Americans.