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April 10, 2009

Township board approves money transfer

INDIANAPOLIS — At the regular monthly meeting of the Wayne Township Board Thursday, the board passed a resolution proposed by Trustee David “King” Baird to transfer money from a dormant fire territory fund to the rainy day fund.

The money, in the amount of $1,675,696, was left in a fund for the Clermont Fire Territory, which has since been disbanded.

Baird published the additional appropriation announcement in a March edition of the Court and Commercial Record and the Marion County Republican Party responded by saying Baird was attempting to raise taxes.

“Voters and residents in Wayne Township should be outraged that David Baird is trying to increase taxes, especially after the Indianapolis Star cited the Wayne Township Trustee’s office as a prime example of inefficiency and mismanagement in local government,” said party Chairman Tom John in a press release.

However, at the meeting, Township Accountant Curtis Coonrod said he was the one who brought the money to the attention of Baird and the Township Board.

“My job is to keep the township legal, I was not expecting this would be controversial at all,” Coonrod said. “With a territory that no longer exists, ordinarily taxpayers don’t want money sitting around and whenever the purpose of a tax levy has been filled, the board is required to (move the money).”

Coonrod said there were three options of what to do with the money and that was what the board was to vote on at their meeting.

“Another Indiana code section gives guidance to the township to transfer that money in one of three ways,” he said. “One is to pay any township assistant debt that is outstanding and Wayne Township has none. Two is to transfer the money to the poor relief fund, and three is to transfer the money to the rainy day fund.”

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