A year after Indiana lawmakers assembled a task force to consider ways to reduce the size of local government, an influential group of individuals and organization has formed to advance the effort.

Led by the state’s former budget director, Marilyn Schultz, Mysmartgov.org was formed to enact recommendations by the Kernan-Shepard Commission, which studied ways to streamline government and issued a report in December 2007. Lawmakers enacted some of the reforms — such as moving most of the assessment duties in townships to the county level — but many others were shelved as the General Assembly focused on the effort to cut property taxes.

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