Hendricks County, Indiana

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Indiana county number 32

Hendricks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. The county seat is Danville.[1] As of 2000, the population was 104,093. At the time of the 2005 annual update, it was 127,483. It is the 4th largest county located within the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Hendricks County is currently the second fastest growing county in Indiana and 85th in the nation.[2][3]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 409 square miles (1,059.3 km2), of which 0.12% is water.

Adjacent counties

History

Hendricks County was formed in 1824. It was is named for Indiana Governor William Hendricks, who was serving at the time the County was formed.

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 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.[4][5]

Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county is made 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.[4][5]

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