Porter County's 2020 budgets undergoing state review
After several weeks of budget hearings, the Porter County Council has adopted the 2020 budgets for county government departments. The budgets are now undergoing a state review and will be final after the state issues the Porter County budget order. To view the budgets, go to the "Budgets & Finance" link or click here. As part of the budget process, the council also reviewed maximum tax levies and estimated tax cap losses. To view the levy and tax cap report compiled by the Porter County Auditor's office, click here: 2020 Max Levy and Tax Cap Estimates for Porter County (PDF).
Auditor's Office certifies 2020 net AVs
A key figure that's used in setting property tax rates each year is the certified net assessed values (CNAVs). These values reflect the taxable value of real and personal property throughout the county. Our office certified the net 2020 AV for the county overall at $9.8 billion, which is a 2.3 percent increase over this year. The table below lists the 2020 certified net AVs for select taxing districts.
|Valparaiso--Center Township||$1.5 billion|
|Valparaiso--Washington Township||$256 million|
|Beverly Shores||$185 million|
|Ogden Dunes||$149 million|
|Burns Harbor||$588 million|
|Chesterton--Westchester Township||$542 million|
|Chesterton--Liberty Township||$153 million|
|Dune Acres||$102 million|
New Deed Transfer Fee Now in Effect
A number of new state laws affecting county auditor offices took effect July 1. One of these is a deed transfer fee increase to $10 per parcel. Under H.E.A. 1427, county auditors are now required to collect the higher fee for real property conveyances, with the fee revenue used for developing and maintaining plat books. We began implementing this new fee on July 1, in accordance with state statute.
Property tax bills due Nov. 12
The fall installment of property taxes will be due Nov. 12. The table below shows the tax rates by taxing districts that are applied to the bills, with a comparison to the 2018 rates. To view our annual tax rate chart, which lists all the 2019 tax rates for all the taxing units and their individual funds, click here: 2019 Tax Rate Chart (PDF).
|Taxing District||2018 Tax Rate||2019 Tax Rate|
|Pine Township--Michigan City Schools||1.4586||1.4408|
|Pine Township--Duneland Schools||1.6043||1.6321|
|Portage city--Portage Township||2.6142||2.8265|
|Portage city--Westchester Township||2.8516||2.9178|
|Porter Township--West Porter Fire||1.5247||1.5892|
|Valparaiso--Center Township MTE||2.0304||2.0436|
Monday, Nov. 11: County offices closed in observance of Veterans Day
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Porter County Council, 5:30 p.m.
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are in the Commissioners' Chambers main meeting room, County Administration Center, Valparaiso.
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