Fairfield Twp. Board going above trustee to approve 2022 budget

Now, they will submit the budget to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.

Posted: Nov 24, 2021 4:14 PM
Updated: Nov 24, 2021 5:40 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Fairfield Township Board is using the state to finalize its 2022 budget.

As we've reported, Trustee Taletha Coles said she's requesting the same amount as last year to avoid raising taxes.

Technically, it's the same as 2020 due to Coles not submitting a budget for 2021.

Board members are critical of Coles' management of the township's finances and resources.

The board met Wednesday to approve a revised version of the budget.

Now, they will submit the budget to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.

The DLGF will review it and send it back to the board, and then the board has ten days to review it again and send it back to the DLGF. That's when it will be finalized.

Board President Perry Schnarr said it's the only way to insure the money is being used correctly.

"This will give us receipts so we can really find out why the budget is what it is," Schnarr said. "So, that's basically what we're doing is trying to get it taken care of so the budget corresponds with receipts."

Schnarr said the process insures the budget is approved with the numbers the board agreed on.

"We tried to get answers and we can't get answers and we can't," Schnarr explained. "It's just like we're non-existent. In a sense that's what she says. She's told us she's the boss and she thinks she can do whatever she wants to."

Changes include lowering Greenbush Cemetery funding from $20,000 to $2,500. Legal fees and the rainy day fund were cut to zero.

The board is scheduled to meet again on Dec. 6.

Coles did not attend Wednesday's meeting, but News 18 reached out to her for comment.

She has not replied to our email yet.

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