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Legislation could be approved by the Senate this week that would give Calumet Township a year to reduce its township assistance tax rate for poor relief spending. Published reports say if the township fails to do that, Griffith could then hold a referendum on whether or not to leave. It would also allow the Indiana Distressed Unit Appeals Board to consider placing an emergency manager in power to make the necessary spending reductions. State Senator Earline Roger, of Gary, says letting Griffith leave sets a dangerous precedent. Griffith residents pay more in property taxes to support the township's poor but reportedly get little in return.
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