Editorial: Jonesville board has no choice but to break law



There appears no doubt that members of the Jonesville Town Board are breaking Indiana law. It’s a law that needs to be changed, if not scrapped outright.

The law in question requires that members appoint a clerk-treasurer in the event of a vacancy and refrain from performing any of the duties required of that position themselves.

The town board members plead guilty to both charges simply because there’s no one else to do the job and bills do have to be paid. Moreover, the pickings are pretty slim when it comes to finding candidates. Jonesville has a population of fewer than 200, and state law requires that the clerk-treasurer position be staffed by a resident of the town.

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