Laws governing local ballot measures in Indiana
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This article sets out the laws governing local ballot measures in Indiana. It explains:
- Which local units of government make the initiative process available to residents.
- How and whether local units of government, including school districts, can refer local ballot measures (such as school bond propositions) to the ballot.
Types of local government
Local government in Indiana consists of:
- 569 city governments.
- 1006 town governments.
- 92 county governments (including the consolidated city-county of Indianapolis and Marion which is listed by the U.S. Census Bureau as a city government).
- In addition, there are 737 special districts and 291 independent school districts.
All 569 cities in Indiana are classified as general law cities.
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|Laws Governing Ballot Measures|
- See also: School bond and tax elections in Indiana
- To exceed the property tax revenue limit.
- To Issue new bonding.
- To exceed its levy if a school district has to issue refunds under the Excessive Property Tax Credit law.
Initiative process availability
|A guide to local ballot initiatives|
|Local I&R Laws in the 50 States|
|Source:Local Ballot Initiatives: How citizens change laws with |
clipboards, conversations, and campaigns
There are no local units of government in Indiana that make an initiative process available.
|List of Most Populated Cities in Indiana|
|City||Population||City Type||Next election|
|Indianapolis||827,609||General law||No I&R|
|Fort Wayne||255,824||General law||No I&R|
|Evansville||117,825||General law||No I&R|
|South Bend||101,081||General law||No I&R|
|Carmel||81,564||General law||No I&R|
|Bloomington||81,381||General law||No I&R|
|Hammond||80,757||General law||No I&R|
|Gary||80,221||General law||No I&R|
|Fishers||79,127||General law||No I&R|
|Muncie||70,080||General law||No I&R|
- The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
- Ballotpedia: Types and #'s of local government by state
- US Census Bureau "City and Town Totals: Vintage 2011 (Population figures as of 2011 Census estimates)