Boone County, Indiana

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Indiana county number 6

Boone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 46,107. Its estimated 2009 population was 56,250. The county seat is Lebanon.[1]

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History

Boone County was formed April 1, 1830, and named for frontiersman Daniel Boone. The county’s commissioners originally selected Jamestown (on the county’s southern border) to be the seat, but a law passed January 26, 1832, forced it to be moved to within two miles (3 km) of the county’s center. A new site was chosen in May 1831. Named Lebanon, it became the county seat in 1833.

Government

The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana, and by the Indiana Code.

County Council: The county council is the legislative branch of the county’s government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts. The council members serve four year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council also has limited authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property tax that is subject to state level approval, excise taxes, and service taxes.[2][3]

Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county is made up of a board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, and each serves a four-year term. One of the commissioners, typically the most senior, serves as president. The commissioners are charged with executing the acts legislated by the council, collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.[2][3]

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