Indiana’s Department of Local Government Finance (“Department”), in partnership with the Indiana Business Research Center (“IBRC”), pursuant to IC 5-14-3.9, released an online dashboard for political subdivisions. The dashboard displays summary information about political subdivisions, including revenues, expenditures, and assessed values. The dashboard may be found on Gateway.
The URL for the Gateway online dashboard is https://gateway.ifionline.org/public/FD/overview.aspx.
IC 5-14.3.9-5(b) states the following:
(b) A political subdivision shall prominently display on the main Internet web page of the political subdivision’s Internet web site the link provided by the department to the Indiana transparency Internet web site established under IC 5-14-3.7.
A township budget is approved annually. It is based on the duties of the township, and supports the priorities of the township. If you are interested to learn more, please reach out Trustee Ken Lindsay, who will be happy to talk with you.
The operating budget for the general duties of the township, excluding Poor Relief (aka Township Assistance) is approximately $100,000.
The township operates without a full-time staff, but relies on the efforts of contractors, elected officials, and part-time, seasonal help at times.
Total expenditures related to Poor Relief – administration and awards – has been under $10,000 annually under Trustee Lindsay’s leadership.
Capital expenditures, under the General Fund, vary annually according to projects – for example, the creation of the new Elm Road park.
Traditional sources of revenue to the township include property taxes, which remain low compared to other areas. While the township played no role in the approval of any local income tax, by law the county distributes a proportional share to the township. Cell tower revenues, earnings on deposits, and other non-traditional, non-tax revenues are a growing part of the township’s income.
The Clay Fire Territory (CFT) serves Harris Township. Day-to-day operations are administered by Clay Township. Related expenses and revenues are not direct responsibilities of Harris Township itself, but the CFT tax levy is part of the township line item displayed on property tax bills.