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Bill Passed in Senate to Reduce Calumet Twp Spending

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Legislation was approved by the Senate Thursday that would give Calumet Township a year to reduce its township assistance tax rate for poor relief spending. The Times reports if the township fails to do that, then the Indiana Distressed Unit Appeals Board can consider placing an emergency manager in power to make the necessary spending reductions, and if that doesn't reduce the the township's assistance tax rate, then in 2015, Griffith could hold a referendum on whether or not to leave. The bill now heads back to the House. Griffith residents pay more in property taxes to support the township's poor but reportedly get little in return.
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