Q&A: Meeting notice timeline

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From the Spencer Evening World:

Q: Can you advise on how often and how far in advance of a planned meeting date legal notices need to be published for a hearing on a proposed budget. Several of our township trustees have differing opinions. Some say the notices must be published twice, some say once, and others claim they must be published as far as 14 to 20 days in advance. 

A: The notices you’re asking about are referenced under IC 6-1.1-17-3 for local units of government to give notice of a hearing on a proposed budget.

That statute requires the notice “shall be published twice in accordance with IC 5-3-1 with the first publication at least ten (10) days before the date fixed for the public hearing.”

If a trustee says the notice falls under another statute, have him or her cite the applicable code and I’ll gladly check it out.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.

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