2016 Archived News
Township Sponsors Howard County Health Fair
Center Township presented a check to the Howard County Health Fair on Friday, August 5 to help with the 2016 Health Fair which was held at the Ivy-Tech Event Center on Thursday, October 6.
Township Meeting - Proposed 2017 Budget
The Office of the Center Township Trustee and the Center Township Board, together with the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance set the annual Board meeting for the adoption of the proposed 2017 Budget for Tuesday, September 6, at 10am. The board meeting meeting was held in the conference room of the Township Office Building located at 213 East Jefferson Street in Kokomo.
With no action taken on the budget, the meeting was continued until September 22, at 1:30pm. That meeting was held in the conference room of the Township Office Building.
The 2017 budget was adopted at the September 22 meeting and is posted on the Indiana Gateway.
ITA Education Conference
The Indiana Township Association hosted their annual Education Conference in Indianapolis from September 18-21. During this conference the State Board of Accounts had their annual instructional meeting with the townships. The ITA commits Tuesday to training of township officers, appointees, and employees. Therefore Township office was closed on Tuesday, September 20 so that our staff could attend this training. There were twelve staff members and the trustee in attendance.
Back to School Rally August 6
Indiana Black Expo partnered with Center Township to sponsor a back to school rally which included Backpacks and basic school supplies for youth Grades 1-6, Mobile Dentist (who gave free exams to youth), DNA kits, hotdogs and chips, and other activities. The rally took place at the Center Township Community Service Building from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, August 6. Click here to download the flyer.
Township Board Special Meeting July 5
There will be a special meeting of the township board on July 5 at 10:30am in the township office conference room. The
meeting is for the purpose of acting upon an emergency request for funds from the Family Services Association for the Domestic Violence Shelter and for the
homeless veterans facility - The Jackson Street Commons. The Board will need to appropriate additional funds to meet the request. By law this is the only business
which may be enacted during the meeting. Center Township taxpayers should also be aware that the additional appropriation, if approved, will in no way effect
their tax levy or require additional taxes.
NOTE: The result of the special meeting of the board was an additional appropriation for $75,000, with the stipulation that the use of the funds will be monitored according to the usual standards for accountability with township community service partners.
Township Day at the Ball Park June 22
The Office of the Center Township Trustee arranged for almost 400 youth and chaperones to attend the June 22 game at the ball park when the Kokomo JackRabbits played the BlueSox. We are looking for pictures to post. If you have any you would like to share, please contact us at centertrustee @ gmail.com
Township Sponsors Haynes-Apperson Festival
The Office of the Center Township Trustee once again this year sponsored the Haynes-Appeson Festival held in Foster Park June 30 - July 2. We had a booth (tent) set up at the festival to distribute information about the work of Center Township and to share information about our Community Service Partners, and to offer the opportunity to meet the Center Township Trustee, Dr. Robert A Lee and his staff.
Highlights of the 2015 Report of the Trustee
State law requires the township board to meet on for the annual report of the trustee.
In keeping with that mandate, Center Township held a meeting at 10:30am on January 26, 2016 at the offices of the Center Township. The report of the trustee which was
presented during that meeting included the following statistics:
- While there was a slight decrease in the number of cases where assistance was given 1,235 in 2014, and 1,228 in 2015, there was an increase in the amount of assistance granted from $373,004 in 2014 to $376,583 in 2015.
- There was an increase in the number of payees for whom we managed funds in 2014 and 2105 from 91 to 95.
- There was a 17% increase in the number of hours spent in case management services from 2014 to 2105.
- Additionally, the township allowed eleven contract service providers and other not-for-profit organizations to use the township buildings for a total of 430 hours or the equivalent of $43,000 of savings to those organizations.
- While spending has increased, the township budget was actually decreased by a quarter-of-a-million dollars for 2016.
- And while spending has increased, the township trustee and the township board remain committed to not increasing the burden upon tax-payers. For the fifth straight year, the tax levy for Center Township residents has not changed, has not increased, and remains one of the lowest in the state for a township with a population similar to Center Township.
2016 Budget Shows Fiduciary Constraint
The Center Township budget for 2016 (available for public viewing on the Indiana Gateway) is not only a quarter-of-a-million dollars less than the 2015 budget, but reflects the anticipated increases in spending for township assistance during the new year as well as additional personnel to better accomplish that service to residents of the township. Yet even with those increases the budget for the fifth year does not call for an increase in the tax levy for Center Towsnhip residents. Dr. Lee and the Township Board continue to seek to provide the best possible service at the least possible cost to our taxpayers.