Laws governing local ballot measures in Indiana

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No initiative and referendum process of any kind is available in Indiana local governments for local ballot measures.

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.
  • 91 county governments.
  • In addition, there are 737 special districts and 291 independent school districts.[1]

City classifications:

All 569 cities in Indiana are classified as general law cities.

School districts

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School bond and tax elections in Indiana happen under three circumstances
  • 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

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There are no local units of government in Indiana that make an initiative process available.[2]

List of Most Populated Cities in Indiana
City[3] 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

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