Deltek Principal Analyst Brian Coyle reports.
With numerous states facing deepening budget issues, one state which has been working to improve its efficiency is Indiana. A few years back, Governor Mitch Daniels formed the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform to develop recommendations for reform and restructure within the state to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
In December 2007, the Commission delivered its final report to the Governor, which included 27 common-sense recommendations unanimously backed by its members. After reviewing the report, Governor Daniels sent a package comprising two-thirds of the Commission’s recommendations to the General Assembly that were either as proposed or in some close variation of the original.
Among the most significant recommendations, Daniels said there should be only one county executive, a stronger legislative body for county government, elimination of townships, and reorganization of school district central office operations.
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