Vanderburgh County, Indiana

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Vanderburgh County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 171,922. The county seat is in Evansville. Vanderburgh County was the sixth largest county in 2000 population while it is also the eighth smallest county in area in Indiana.

Vanderburgh County is part of the Evansville, IN–KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Vanderburgh County was formed on January 7, 1818 from Gibson, Posey, and Warrick counties. It was named for Captain Henry Vanderburgh, Revolutionary War veteran and judge for the Indiana Territory.


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 fiscal branch of the county government that has the legislative responsibilities for the spending and revenue collection in the county. Five representatives are elected from county districts and three are elected at-large by the entire county. 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.[1][2]

Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county is made of a board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide but must live with-in the district of the seat they hold, 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.[1][2]

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