- Indiana Township Trustee
A Township Trustee is an elected official in the local government of the
U.S. stateof Indiana. A township trustee administers a township, which in Indiana is the primary political subdivision of a county, and in common with most other state officials serves a term of four years.
The duties of a township trustee include:
* Providing fire protection and ambulance service to
unincorporated areas of the county
* Providing for poor relief and burial of the indigent
* Maintaining cemeteries and burial grounds
* Resolving fence disputes
* Investigating claims of
livestockkilled by dogs
* Controlling weeds
* Managing the township budget and financial records
* Preparing an annual financial report
In townships with a population under 10,000, the trustee also acts as the property assessor. Other public matters in which a trustee may sometimes be involved include
zoning, parks, libraries, schools, shelters and community centers.
The trustee is assisted by a three-member Township Board whose members are also elected to four year terms. Duties of the board include adopting the annual budget, serving as a board of finance and approving township contracts. In January of each year, the trustee presents to the board an annual report showing the receipts, expenditures, investments and debts of the township. The approved report is then published in local papers for public inspection.
* [http://www.indianatownshipassoc.org/duties.htm Indiana Township Association: Duties of the Trustee]
* [http://www.indianatownshipassoc.org/ Indiana Township Association]
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