Survey searches for government inefficiency

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TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – State officials are working to identify burdensome or obsolete state reporting requirements to help improve the efficiency of local governments.

“While many of these processes improve accountability and transparency at the local level, other requirements could be in desperate need of revision or outright repeal,” Rep. Doug Gutwein, R-Francesville, said in a statement.

Rep. Doug Gutwein, chairman of the House Select Committee on Government Reduction, is asking local officials to review reporting requirements. Photo by Lesley Weidenbener, TheStatehouseFile.com

Gutwein, who chairs the House Select Committee on Government Reduction, is working with local officials as well as statewide organizations to streamline or eliminate state reporting or information requirements.

Through a web-based survey, officials will be asked for feedback on what requirements they feel should be revised, simplified or eliminated. 

Matt Greller, CEO of Accelerate Indiana’s Municipalities, said the cities and towns that he represents are pleased to see lawmakers push for limiting bureaucracy and maximizing local resources.

“Hoosiers prosper when cities and towns are able to function effectively,” Greller said in a statement.

Accelerate Indiana’s Municipalities along with the Association of Indiana Counties are working with Gutwein on this survey.

The House Select Committee on Government Reduction was created in 2011 by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis. Since the creation of the committee, nearly 2,000 lines of Indiana code have been repealed. More than 70 boards and commissions have been eliminated, totaling more than 600 appointments. 

The survey can be accessed online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/localgovreport. Officials must submit their responses by Oct. 31. The data collected will be used to draft potential legislation for the 2018 legislative session.

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