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Roll Call Votes
In the 2017 General Assembly, Indiana lawmakers passed legislation that requires county auditors to post on the county's website the roll call votes of the county's executive and fiscal bodies. This page provides the information required under H.E.A. 1622.

On this page, we will post all roll call votes taken by the Porter County Commissioners and the Porter County Council. We will also post roll call votes taken by the Porter County Government Non-Profit Charitable Foundation, whose voting members consist of the Council and the Commissioners.

Taxpayers are reminded that the full meeting minutes of both the Porter County Council and the County Commissioners also contain roll call votes. The minutes, along with agendas and video recordings of the meetings, are available online at the Agenda and Minutes page.

The Porter County Auditor's Office is pleased to add this page to our website to promote greater transparency of local government.

2018

Porter County Council
May 29, 2018

   Andy Bozak  Jeremy Rivas  Karen Conover  Jeff Larson  Sylvia Graham  Mike Jessen Dan Whitten 
 Roll Call  Y  Y  
Circuit Court General Fund:
Additional $6,000 to Mental Health/Drug Court
 Y  Y    Y  Y  Y
 Adult Probation General Fund:
Reduction of $36,355 Salaries; Form 144 changes for assistant chief and probation officer
 Y  
Adult Probation Administration Fees, User Fees:
Form 144 changes for assistant chief and probation officer
 Y  Y    Y  Y  Y
Cumulative Bridge Fund:
Form 144 for new Senior Highway Engineer (roll call votes for Plan Commission and Highway Department)
 Y    Y
PCCRVC:
Form 144 change for hourly
 Y    Y  Y  Y
 Reassessment Fund, Portage Township Assessor:
Additional $27,480 for Contractual
 Y    Y  Y
 Jail General Fund:
Additional $1,000 for Training and Education
Adult Community Corrections:
Additional appropriations and Form 144 related to DOC grant
 Y  
Jail General Fund:
Form 144 to move 1st Class Patrolman to Corporal
 Y    Y  Y
Second reading  Y  Y  
 Porter Hospital tax abatement:
Approval of CF-1 compliance statement
 Y    Y  Y  Y  Y




Porter County Council
April 24, 2018
   Andy Bozak  Jeremy Rivas  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham  Mike Jessen  Jeff Larson  Dan Whitten
 Roll Call  Y    Y  Y  
Porter County Revenue Bond Project Fund:
Transfer $3,641,500 to 42100 Buildings
 Y  
Adult Probation:
General Fund: Additional $36,355 to Salaries
Probation User Fees: Additional $12,868 to Salaries
 Y  
Recorder Perpetuation Fund:
Additional $300 to Training and Education
 Y    Y  Y
Parks Department:
Form 144 changes: $31,200 to $0 for Office Coordinator; up to $15 per hour Public Relations Coordinator and Events & Rental Coordinator; $39,000 to $0 Communications Director: $0 to $38,000 Office Coordinator
 Y  
Prosecutor Deferral Fund:
Additional $2,274 to FICA; additional $2,442 to PERF
 Y  
VOCA/Domestic Violence Grant Fund:
Additional $21,805 to Salaries; additional $7,920 to hourly; Form 144 changes approving raises for Victim Advocates and part-time up to $12 per hour
 Y  
Sheriff's Department-General Fund:
Additional $4,874.43 to Salaries; Form 144 changes
 Y    Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Sheriff User Fee Fund:
Reduction of $4,874.43 in Salaries; Form 144 changes
 Y  
Drug Task Force:
Additional $1,000 to Telephone
 Y    Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Jail 1217 General Fund:
Additional $6,691.80 to Contractual
 Y    Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Health Department: 
Form 144 changes 
 Y    Y  Y  Y  Y
Second reading  Y    Y  Y  Y  Y



Porter County Council
March 20, 2018
 
 Andy Bozak  Jeremy Rivas  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham  Mike Jessen  Jeff Larson  Dan Whitten
 Roll Call  Y
Porter County Revenue Bond Project Fund:
Additional $4.5 million to Consultants
Additional $24 million to Contractual
 Y  Y
LIT:
Additional $150,000 to Motor Vehicles
 Y  Y
Stormwater Construction Fund:
Additional $1,625,000 to Consultants
Additional $16,928,428.72 to Contractual
 Y  Y
Surveyor Perpetuation Fund:
Additional $35,000 to Motor Vehicles
 Y
Health Department Fund:
Additional $18,846 to Contractual
 Y
Health Department Antabuse:
Motion to approve Form 144 hourly rate changes: Program Director from up to $31 to up to $36; Registered Nurse from up to $26 to up to $31.50; Security Officer from up to $21 to up to $22.50
 Y  Y
District I Task Force Fund:
Additional $6,000 to Tires and Tubes
Additional $15,696 to Equipment other than Vehicles
Additional $10,000 to Vehicle Repair
 Y
Second Reading  Y





Porter County Council
Feb. 27, 2018
   Andy Bozak   Jeremy Rivas  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham Mike Jessen  Jeff Larson  Dan Whitten 
Roll Call    Y
Motion to approve Council minutes, 10/24/17 and 11/28/17

 Y  Y
Memorial Opera House Fund:
Additional $38,120.04 to Advertising
 Y  
General Fund -- IT, Jail, Commissioners

IT: Additional $158,500 to Salaries for one new Systems Administrator and to transfer Network Manager from the Jail budget and E911 IT position from the Commissioners' budget; set all three salaries at $65,000 each
IT: Additional $15,000 for overtime
IT: $350,000 for Data Processing Equipment
Jail: Reduction of $48,300 from Salaries
Commissioners: Reduction of $52,500 from Salaries
 Y  
Motor Vehicle Highway Fund:
Additional $50,000 for Overtime
 Y  
Substance Abuse Council:
Additional $41,056.06 to Local Government Remittances
 Y  Y
Parks Land and Water Conservation Grant:
Additional $200,000 to Contractual
 Y  Y  
Health Department IIC Immunization Grant:
A total of $28,773 in additional appropriations
 Y  Y  
Tax Sale Fees Fund:
Additional $20,000 to Contractual
 Y  
E911 Surcharge Fund:
Various changes in job titles; reduction of one 1st Class Telecommunicator and addition of one Administrative Assistant; a total of $11,000 in specialty pay
 Y  Y  
General Fund--Clerk/Election Board:
Clerk: Reduction of $68,016 in Salaries to eliminate two positions 
Election Board: Additional appropriation of $68,016 in  Data Processing Equipment
 
Motion to approve all additional appropriations for Sheriff's Department
General Fund: Additional $30,416.30 to Other Equipment
Overweight Vehicle Fund: Additional $42,000 to Motor Vehicles
Pros--IPAC Grant: Additional $10,000 to Other Equipment
Inmate Processing Fund: Additional $28,000 to Motor Vehicles; additional $24,300 for matching grant funds.
Y Y   Y  Y Y  Y
Second reading Y Y   Y  Y Y Y




Porter County Government Non-Profit Charitable Foundation
Feb. 27, 2018
 
   Andy Bozak Jeremy Rivas  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham  Mike Jessen  Jeff Larson  Dan Whitten Jeff Good   Laura Blaney Jim Biggs 
 Roll Call  Y  
 Motion to elect Mike Jessen Foundation Board President  Y  
 Motion to elect Dan Whitten Foundation Vice-President  Y  Y    Y Y
Also present were Advisory Board members Matt Vessley and Mark Ritzi, Foundation Treasurer/County Treasurer Michelle Clancy, and Foundation Secretary/County Auditor Vicki Urbanik.


Porter County Council
Jan. 23, 2018

   Andy Bozak  Jeremy Rivas  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham  Mike Jessen  Jeff Larson  Dan Whitten
Roll Call      Y
Motion to approve all Memorial Opera House additional appropriation requests:
MOH IAC Grant, $10,107.35
MOH Anderson Foundation, $1,898.05
MOH United Way Power of Youth, $2,000
MOH Arts Midwest, $553
MOH PCCD Sparking the Arts, $6,684.83

   Y
Surveyor Perpetuation Fund:
Additional $45,000 to Other Equipment
   Y  Y
Motion to approve all Health Department additional appropriation requests:
Local Health Maintenance, $10,000
Local Health Maintenance Trust (Tobacco), $3,000
Public Health Preparedness, $70,765.50

   Y  Y
 Motion to approve all Plan Commission and Stormwater Management requests:
Plan Commission, $5,000 additional appropriation
Stormwater, $6,500 in additional appropriations; $30 transfer to legal notices
   Y  Y
Sheriff Drug Task Force:
A total of $49,833 in additional appropriations
   Y
Inmate Processing Fund:
Additional $16,000 for Building and Structures
   Y  Y
Second Reading    Y  Y



Porter County Council
Jan. 3, 2018
  Andy Bozak   Jeremy Rivas  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham  Mike Jessen  Jeff Larson Dan Whitten
 Roll Call 
 Motion to appoint Andy Bozak the 2018 Council President
 Motion to appoint Jeremy Rivas the 2018 Council Vice-President  Y Y
 Motion to approve Council Attorney Harold Harper's 2018 contract  Y
 Motion to approve County Surveyor Kevin Breitzke's 2018 contract
 Motion to re-appoint Donald Ensign to the County Redevelopment Commission
 Motion to re-appoint Thomas Swihart to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission  Y
Motion to re-appoint Mitch Peters to the Convention, Recreation, and Visitors Commission 
 Motion to re-appoint George Armstrong to the County Park Board  Y
 Motion to re-appoint Scott Williams to the PTABOA
 Motion to re-appoint Lloyd Kittredge to the Chesterton EDC
 Motion to re-appoint Michael Sarver to the Portage EDC
 Motion to re-appoint Patrick McGinley to the Valparaiso EDC  Y  Y
 Motion to approve Council Board appointments:
Community Corrections Advisory Board: Larson, Harper
NIRPC: Larson
NICTD: Whitten
Plan Commission: Jessen
Recycling & Waste Reduction District: Conover
EMA: Graham, Larson
Council on Aging: Graham
Juvenile Justice Advisory Board: Bozak
Storm Water Advisory Board: Rivas
 Y
Motion to retain all council liaison appointments




2017
Porter County Council
Nov. 28, 2017

   Mike Jessen Dan Whitten   Andy Bozak  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham Jeff Larson   Jeremy Rivas
 Roll Call  Y
Recorder's Perpetuation Fund:
Additional $3,000 to Rebinding Records
 Y
Expo Center:
Additional $10,000 to Advertising
 Y
Adult Probation:
Motion to table additional appropriation and Form 144
Y
Revenue Bond Project Fund:
Additional $3 million to Contractual Services
Additional $1 million to Consultants
Y
Hospital Interest Fund:
Additional $16,250 to Contractual Services
Local Income Tax Fund:
Additional $13,388 to FICA, $19,600 to PERF, and $175,000 to Longevity
 Y  Y
Auditor/Council:
Approval of new longevity policy
CCD:
Additional $35,502 to Motor Vehicles
 Y
Sheriff Donations Fund:
Additional $20,000 to Other Equipment
 Y
 General Fund--Jail:
Additional $30,000 to Overtime
 Y  Y  Y
Stormwater Bond Construction Fund:
Additional $300,000 to Consultants
Additional $1 million to Contractual 
Parks Grant Fund:
Additional $750 to Consultants
Auditor/Council:
Approval of Rainy Day Fund resolution
Second reading   Y
Second reading and adoption of 2018 Salary Ordinance 


Porter County Government Non-Profit Charitable Foundation
Nov. 28, 2017


   Mike Jessen  Dan Whitten  Andy Bozak  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham Jeff Larson   Jeremy Rivas Jeff Good  Laura Blaney   Jim Biggs
Roll Call  Y      
Also present were Advisory Board members Matt Vessley and Mark Ritzi, Foundation Treasurer/County Treasurer Michelle Clancy, and Foundation Secretary/County Auditor Vicki Urbanik


Porter County Council
Oct. 24 and Oct. 26, 2017

   Mike Jessen  Dan Whitten  Andy Bozak  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham  Jeff Larson  Jeremy Rivas
 Oct. 24, 2017: Roll Call    
Hospital Proceeds Fund, LIT:
Motion to continue requests to 10/26/17 meeting
   Y  
Porter County Substance Abuse Grant Fund:
Additional $170,000 to Local Government Remittances
  Y  Y Y  
Adult Probation ADM:
Additional $1,490 to Salaries, approval of Form 144 for new Chief Probation Officer
  Y  
EMA--General Fund:
Additional $6,000 to Salaries
   Y  
IT--General Fund:
Additional $500 to Travel
   
Sheriff Department--General Fund:
Additional $50,000 to Overtime
  Y  
Treasurer Tax Sale Fees Fund:
Additional $30,000 to Contractual Services
  Y  
Second Reading   Y  
Oct. 26, 2017 Roll Call  Y
Hospital Proceeds Fund:
Additional $1,200,000 to Other Mobile Equipment (new 800 MHz public safety project)
 Y
LIT:
Additional $150,000 to Motor Vehicles
 Y
Second reading  Y



Porter County Council
2018 Budget Hearings
Sept. 18-Oct. 26, 2017

   Mike Jessen  Dan Whitten  Andy Bozak  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham  Jeff Larson  Jeremy Rivas
Sept. 18: Public Hearing/1st Reading. Roll Call     Y  
Sept. 19: Roll Call  
Sept. 21: Roll Call   Y Y
Sept. 25: Roll Call
Y

Sept. 25: Motion to approve Parks Department General Fund at $966,823 N   N  Y N N Y
Sept 28: Roll Call  Y  
Oct. 2: Public Hearing/1st Reading (with added Foundation Budget Fund). Roll Call  Y      
Oct. 11: Roll Call
 
Motion to approve special IV-D raises (needs four affirmative votes)    
Motion to approve special Extension raises (needs four affirmative votes)    N    N Y
Motion to grant 4% raises to all full-time employees except those granted special raises      Y
Oct. 26: Roll Call Y Y
Motion to adopt 2018 budgets  
Motion to adopt 2018 Salary Ordinance first reading
 





Porter County Council

Sept. 26, 2017

   Mike Jessen  Dan Whitten  Andy Bozak  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham  Jeff Larson  Jeremy Rivas
Roll Call   Y Y
Adoption of $30 million Capital Improvement Bond issuance, second reading  Y
Rainy Day Fund:
Additional $4,147 to Consultants (Commissioners); additional $40,641.08 to Data Processing Equipment (E911)
 Y
EMA--General Fund:
Approval of Form 144 to change EMA Director salary from $71,500 to $73,000
 Y
General Courts--General Fund:
Additional $15,000 to Psychiatric Services
 Y
Health Department:

Local Health Maintenance Fund: Additional $25,000 to Hourly
ILHDTA Fund: Additional $30,000 to Hourly
 Y
Sheriff's Department

General Fund: Additional $25 to Uniforms (Sheriff); additional $9,800 to Other Equipment (Sheriff Garage)

Drug Task Force: Additional $10,500 to Motor Vehicles

Public Safety Data Tech Fund: Additional $541 to Data Processing Equipment

 Y
Second Reading  Y



Porter County Government Non-Profit Charitable Foundation
Sept. 26, 2017

  Mike Jessen   Dan Whitten  Andy Bozak  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham Jeff Larson   Jeremy Rivas Jeff Good   Laura Blaney  Jim Biggs
 Roll Call  Y
Motion to transfer $4.5 million of Foundation earnings to new Foundation Budget Fund  Y  Y  Y

Also present were Advisory Board member Matt Vessley, Foundation Treasurer/County Treasurer Michelle Clancy, and Foundation Secretary/County Auditor Vicki Urbanik


Porter County Council
August 22, 2017

   Mike Jessen  Dan Whitten  Andy Bozak  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham  Jeff Larson  Jeremy Rivas
 Roll Call  Y  
 Approval of Minutes  Y  
 Approval of $20 million stormwater revenue bond, first reading  Y  Y
 Motion to suspend the rules to allow second reading approval of stormwater bond  Y  Y  Y
 Approval of $20 million stormwater bond, second reading  Y  Y Y
Approval of $30 million capital improvements revenue bond, first reading  Y  
Hospital Interest Fund:
Additional $16,250 to Contractual Services
 Y  
IT--General Fund:
Additional $9,000 to Maintenance Agreements; additional $30,000 to Software
Y  
Animal Shelter Donation Fund:
Additional $8,000 to Contractual Services
 Y  
 Recorders Perpetuation Fund:
Additional $10,000 to Data Processing Equipment
Y  
 Tax Sale Fees Fund:
Additional $31,931 to Contractual Services
Y  
Surveyor Perpetuation Fund:
Additional $2,500 to Other Supplies; additional $1,500 to Data Processing Equipment
Y   Y  Y  Y
Memorial Opera House DNR Grant:
AdditIonal $70,000 to Contractual Services
Y    Y  Y  Y
Memorial Opera House IAC Grant:
Additional $7,779 to Office Equipment over $100
Y    Y  Y  Y Y
Parks and Recreation Coastal Management Grant:
Additional $10,000 to Contractual Services
Y  
Parks Grant Fund:
Additional $5,000 to Contractual Services
 Y    Y  Y
Riverboat Fund:
Additional $172,000 to Longevity, $13,158 to FICA, $19,264 to PERF
   Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Second Reading  Y    Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Approval of Auditor penalty waiver policy  Y    Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Tax Levy and Tax Cap Review:
Approval of recommendation to taxing units to stay within their maximum projected levies when adopting budgets
 Y    Y  Y  Y  Y  N




Porter County Government Non-Profit Charitable Foundation, Inc.
August 15, 2017

   Mike Jessen  Dan Whitten  Andy Bozak  Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham  Jeff Larson  Jeremy Rivas  Jeff Good  Laura Blaney Jim Biggs 
Roll Call   Y    Y  Y      Y    Y  Y    Y  Y
Motion to retain Katz Sapper & Miller audit firm  Y    Y  Y      Y    Y   Y    Y  Y

Also present were Advisory Board member Matt Vessley, Foundation Treasurer/County Treasurer Michelle Clancy, and Foundation Secretary/County Auditor Vicki Urbanik.



Porter County Council
July 25, 2017

    Mike    Jessen    Dan  Whitten  Andy Bozak   Karen Conover  Sylvia Graham   Jeff Larson  Jeremy   Rivas
Roll Call  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Cable Franchise Fund:
Additional $213,526.39 to Roads and Taxiways
 Y  Y
E-911 Surcharge Fund:
Increase Director salary from $68,500 to $90,000; Increase Training Coordinator from $41,155 to $44,750
 Y Y
PCCRVC Fund (Innkeepers Tax):
Additional $65,000 to Advertising, $2,000 to Power, $15,000 to Maintenance Agreements, $400,000 to Buildings
 Y  Y
Juvenile Probation--General Fund:
Decrease Salaries by $17,223
Decrease probation officer from $50,335 to $33,112
Y  Y Y
Adult Probation Community Corrections Grant Fund:
Additional $70,000 to Salaries, $5,355 to FICA, $167,805 to Insurance, $7,840 to PERF, $10,000 to Office Supplies, $10,000 to Postage.
Increase salaries from 0 to $20,818 for three probation officers
 Y  Y
Stormwater & Development Fund:
Additional $33,000 to Salaries, $2,640 to FICA, $9,000 to Insurance, $3,600 to PERF.
Add Engineer position, $65,000

Plan Commission Fund:
Additional $12,000 to Other Equipment
 Y
Portage Township Assessor--General Fund:
Additional $375 to Training and Education, $2,000 to Travel
Y
Sheriff Donations Fund:
Additional $12,000 to Contractual Services, $1,000 to Event Expenses, $6,000 to Other Equipment
Y Y
Sheriff DEA/Byrne Grant Fund:
To table additional of $234,000 to Equipment
Y N Y
Sheriff DEA/Byrne Grant Fund:
Additional of $234,000 to Equipment, contingent upon Council and County Attorney review 
Y  Y  Y
Sheriff DEA/Byrne Grant Fund:
Additional of $1,000 to Contractual Services
Y  Y  Y
Second Reading Y