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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

No Budget in 2024 for Lawrence County's Guthrie Township -remains without a Advisory Board

LEESVILLE - OCTOBER 30,2023 - Guthrie Township taxpayers remain without a budget for 2024. After township officials chose to enter into a fire territory with Shawswick Township all three advisory members did not seek reelection.


Orginal story: LEESIVILLE - SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 - Guthrie Township remains without an advisory board after no one ran for the three member advisory board in the 2022 election.


In fact, no one ran for the township offices in 2023.


The advisory board approves the budget for township government and provides oversight of the township trustee.


Photo: Guthrie Township voted to establish a fire territory in 2022


In January of this year the Lawrence County Commissioners appointed Guthrie Township Trustee Stacie Ratliff, advisory board members Angela Myers, and Brooke Horner Hayes to the township offices. However, Myers and Hayes submitted their resignations and declined the appointment.


Nick Hubbard a third advisory board member submitted his resignation prior to the January meeting.


The last huge action by the township was to join the Lawrence County Fire Territory in 2022.


" This is a huge step in the right direction many fire departments have closed their doors," said Nick Hubbard Guthrie in approving the township joining the fire territory.


Guthrie Township had the biggest tax implications of joining the fire territory.


Proposed Fire Territory tax impact:


General Fund: Budget: $673,290 Tax Levy: $630,000 Projected Tax Rate: - .2493


Cumulative Fire Fund: Budget: $78,000 Tax Levy: $84,139 Projected Tax Rate: .0333


Debt Fund: Budget: $82,800 Tax Levy: $89,872 Projected Tax Rate: .0356


Totals: Budget: $834,090 Tax Levy: $804,011 Projected Tax Rate: .3182


Taxpayers Monthly Impact


  • Residential - $50,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $1.76 Guthrie Twp. $1.95


  • Residential - $100,000 Assessed Value Shawsick Twp. $5.76 Guthrie Twp. $6.40


  • Residential - $150,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $11.47 Guthrie Twp. $12.75


  • Agriculture - $100,0000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $17.57 Guthrie Twp. $19.54


  • Agriculture - $200,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $35.15 Guthrie Twp. $39.08


  • Agriculture - $250,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $43,93 Guthrie Twp. $48.86


  • Commercial - $100,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $17.57 Guthrie Twp. $19.54


  • Commercial -$200,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $35.15 Guthrie Twp. $39.08


  • Commercial - $300,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $52.72 Guthrie Twp. $58.63


Projected Overlapping Unit Impact on Local Income Tax


  • Lawrence County Impact from Local Income Tax - loss of $51,201


  • Bono Township - loss of $48


  • Guthrie Township - loss of $16,809


  • Indian Creek Township - loss of $281


  • Marion Township -loss of $874


  • Marshall Township - loss of $496


  • Perry Township -loss of $189


  • Pleasant Run Township - loss of $271


  • Shawswick Township - gain of $112,611


  • Spice Valley Township - loss of $273


  • Bedford Civil City - loss of $45,234


  • Mitchell Civil City - loss of $7,247


  • Oolitic Civil Town - loss of $765


  • North Lawrence Community School Corporation - Loss of $5,273


  • Mitchell Community Schools - loss of $2,833


  • Bedford Public Library - loss of $6,620


  • Mitchell Community Public Library - Loss of $1,718


  • Lawrence County Solid Waste District - Loss of $6,197


Both Bono and Guthrie townships were proposed to be merged into other townships by the Indiana legislature a few years back, however the legislation failed.


A report recently released by Indiana Township Association, a non - profit has recently released recommendations for Indiana Townships to increase their effectiveness.


The Lawrence County Zephyr will feature the report in another story.


The question remain, should Guthrie Township be abolished and merge into another township and how will the lack of an advisory board affect the 2024 budget for taxpayers?


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