Huntington County has several in attendance at AIC Legislative Conference

Huntington County commissioners Tom Wall and Larry Buzzard, County Councilman Terry Miller and County Clerk Kittie Keiffer, along with about 300 county officials from around the state attended the Association of Indiana Counties’ (AIC) 2018 County Legislative Conference.

The two-day event was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis Jan 30 and 31.

County officials met with their legislators to express their concerns about local government issues at the event, sponsored by the AIC. The AIC staff briefed county officials about legislation being discussed in the Indiana General Assembly that would have an impact on counties.

Attendees were also briefed by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David on several court-related initiatives that will affect counties, including evidence-based decision making, criminal court Rule 26 regarding bail and various other commission and court-related policy review committees.

Ball State University Political Science Associate Professor Charles Taylor offered attendees a review of the results of the Hoosier Survey, which gathered public perception on local government issues such as criminal justice reform and road funding.

County officials also learned about the 10-year impact of tax caps on Indiana’s local government tax structure from Purdue Agricultural Economics Professor Dr. Larry DeBoer. He said local governments have transitioned to rely less on property taxes to fund local government and more on income taxes since tax caps were first enacted in 2008.