Editorial: Tax district proposal helps hold officials accountable


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Cities across Indiana, including Franklin and Greenwood, have created special areas in which certain property taxes are captured with the goal of enhancing economic development.

Redevelopment commissions control the money, and state lawmakers want more people to have a say in how that money is being spent.

Members of redevelopment commissions are appointed, not elected, and oversee the spending of tax dollars without needing approval from mayors, county commissioners, or county, city or town councils. State lawmakers are trying to tweak state law so elected officials, and the voters who put them in office, have more of a say in how that tax money is being spent.

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