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Poor Relief Assistance     Indigent Burials

Miscellaneous Duties

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The Perry Township Trustee's office is open by appointment only.  The Poor relief office is also open by appointment only.  Please call 260-449-3748 and leave a message on the Township recorder with your name, address, phone number, and a short message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours or less.  Calls can be returned either during the day, evening, or weekends.

Indiana Township Trustees
By far the largest single group of elected officials in Indiana, Township Trustees govern 1,008 townships covering every part of the state. Like most elected officials, the Township Trustee serves a four year term. Many Township Trustees work at other jobs in addition to serving their constituents.

Assisting the Township Trustee in managing this very localized form of government is a three member Township Board. Among its duties are the adoption of the annual budget, serving as a board of finance, and approving township contracts.

Indiana law requires that the Township Trustees provide essential services to the residents and businesses of the Township. Because of its "grassroots" structure, the Township Trustee system is designed specifically to quickly meet the needs of the individual in an emergency.

Fire Protection

Township Trustees are, by Indiana law, charged with the responsibility of providing fire protection an ambulance service for the areas of the township not incorporated into a city or town. The protection can be provided by contracting with various fire departments, operating a Township Fire Department, or a combination of both. (IC36-

Poor Relief
Overseeing the poor and distributing poor relief is a primary duty in many townships. The trustee is charged to care for the poor by the most economical means available and at the same time is charged to be sure that the necessary needs of an individual or family are met. The applicant must show that they are unable to provide those needs through personal effort and that they have exhausted all other means.

Many trustees creatively cooperate with other agencies and churches in their areas, keeping costs controlled and delivering services needed. The advantage the Trustee's systems has over other forms of welfare is the freedom to discern whether or not an individual has and is willing to put forth that personal effort to help themselves. (Title 12 of IN Code)

Burials

Burial assistance is available from the Township Trustee when no other means of payment are available. The trustee, according to IC Title 12, is to oversee the burial of the indigent.

Assessing
In townships with a population under 10,000 the trustee is also the township assessor and is responsible for assessing the real and personal property within their township.

Personal property is assessed yearly and consists of mobile homes and tangible personal property of an individual, business, or farm. Real property is assessed during a reassessment period with new buildings being added yearly.

Financials

Each August, the trustee prepares and submits a budget for the incoming year to the three-person township board for approval. As the Chief Financial Officer of the township, the trustee pays and records all claims for the township expenses and salaries and is responsible to keep accurate records and follow all the financial guidelines set out in Indiana Code.

In January of each year, the trustee presents to the board an annual report which shows all receipts, expenditures, investments and debts. The approved report is then published in local papers for public inspection.

Cemetery Maintenance
According to IC Code 23-14 the trustee is to provide and maintain cemeteries located in the township. This includes those cemeteries which have been abandoned.

Weed Control

IC15-3-4 charges the trustee with destroying detrimental weeds within their township. Guidelines for notification to the property owner are set within the law.

Fence Disputes

When a dispute arises between two land owners regarding placement and maintenance of line fences, the trustee is to make determination according to Indiana law 32-10-9.

Livestock Claims
If livestock is killed or damaged by unknown dog(s), the owner of the livestock may file a report with the trustee who investigates the claim. If valid, the trustee reimburses the owner for the loss from the dog fund which receives moneys from the dog tags sold each year by the Trustee and Assessor within the township.

Miscellaneous Duties
There are other areas of responsibility for trustees that are not widespread. Those include:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Emergency Medical Service
  • Community Centers
  • Shelters
  • Libraries


~This information was provided by the Indiana Township Association~