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"Saving Money" Art Contest Winners

  We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's Porter County Auditor's "Saving Money" art contest, held as part of Money Smart Week®.
  The overall top winner was a team of fifth grade students from Crisman Elementary School in Portage: Kyleigh Robinson, Abigail Smolnicky, and Hayley Wilson. These students designed a dollar bill with a message about saving money for a new art studio that they would like to open.
  The other top winners were Flint Lake Elementary School students Brody Logsdon, fifth grade, and Cloee Castro, fourth grade. Brody designed a dollar bill with a basketball theme and a message about saving money to buy a basketball hoop, while Cloee's design featured cats with a message about saving money to buy art supplies.
  Congratulations, students, and keep up the good work!

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Saving Money art contest winners from Crisman Elementary School are (left to right) students Kyleigh Robinson, Abigail Smolnicky, and Hayley Wilson. They are shown here with their winning design with art teacher Andrew Cox.

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Saving Money art contest winners from Flint Lake Elementary school are Brody Logsdon of fifth grade and Cloee Castro of fourth grade. They are shown here with their dollar bill designs and a message about saving money.

State county auditor conference held 

  The State Board of Accounts County Auditors spring conference was held May 23-26 in Indianapolis. This event included  presentations by the State Board of Accounts, State Auditor's Office, Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, and Indiana Department of Labor.  County auditors and staff members from throughout Indiana heard updates on topics including settlement, new legislation, the upcoming budget process, TIFs, tax abatements, and labor laws.
  Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik, who also serves as an officer with the Indiana Auditor' Association, joined other county auditors on an education panel, speaking on tax abatements and veterans deductions.

Indiana Auditors' Association officers (left to right) Julie Fox of Marshall County, Vicki Urbanik of Porter County, Patty Ball of Daviess County, and Pauline Graff of Elkhart County.

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The Indiana County Auditors conference included a panel discussion on various tax and budget matters. Porter County Auditor Urbanik participated on the panel.

Auditor's Office launches project to assist disabled veterans

  We are very pleased to announce a new initiative in the Porter County Auditor's Office involving the deduction for totally disabled veterans and veterans over 62 with a partial disability. Our research and outreach project has two objectives. First, we want to assist veterans who used to have this deduction, who later were disqualified, and who might now qualify again under the new criteria. Second, we want to identify and reach out to other disabled veterans who never previously qualified for this benefit and to assist them to determine their eligibility. More information is available on our Disabled Veterans Deductions page.

  Check out these media reports about our project: 
  ValpoLife: Auditor's Office Launches Project to Assist Disabled Veterans with Tax Deduction
  Chesterton Tribune: Disabled Vets May Qualify for Property Tax Deduction under Revised State Law
  NW Times: More Disabled Veterans May Qualify for Tax Break

Porter County 2017 tax rates

  Property tax rates declined in nearly all of Porter County's taxing districts, as shown in the table below. 
  As required, the tax rate chart has been published as a legal notice prior to the release of the property tax bills. To view the legal notice, click on the following link: Porter County 2017 Tax Rate Chart.

 Taxing District  2017 Rate  2016 Rate
 Boone Township  2.3939  2.6668
 Hebron  3.0343  3.3090
 Center Township  1.8876  2.0622
 Valparaiso--Center Township  2.8354  3.0323
 Jackson Township  1.5192  1.5423
 Liberty Township  1.5587  1.5806
 Chesterton--Liberty Township  2.3104  2.4702
 Morgan Township  1.4323  1.4960
 Pine Township--Michigan City Schools  1.3636  1.4715
 Pine Township--Duneland Schools  1.5661  1.5908
 Beverly Shores  1.7893  1.9662
 Pines town  1.8100  1.9420
 Pleasant Township  1.5065  1.5693
 Kouts  1.9336  2.0775
 Portage Township  1.7558  1.8386
 Portage city--Portage Township  2.7201  2.7419
 Ogden Dunes  2.0375  2.1320
 Porter Township  1.4493  1.5880
 Union Township  1.5756  1.6071
 Washington Township  1.4665  1.5391
 Westchester Township  1.6462  1.6610
 Portage City--Westchester Township  2.8166  2.8105
 Chesterton--Westchester Township  2.4079  2.5607
 Burns Harbor  1.9428  1.9516
 Dune Acres  1.9641  1.9661
 Porter town  2.6875 2.7264
 Chesterton--Jackson Township  2.2971  2.4563
 Porter Township--West Porter Fire  1.4533  1.5515
 Valparaiso--Washington Township  2.6216  2.7090
 Valparaiso--Morgan Township  2.6140  2.7013

Source: Budget order issued by the DLGF.

Homestead compliance nets $143,394 for general fund

  We are pleased to announce that our homestead compliance program has resulted in the return of an additional $143,394 to the county's general fund. Per state law, a portion of the back taxes collected from properties improperly receiving the homestead deduction must be deposited in the general fund each year. In the photo below, County Auditor Vicki Urbanik presents the deposit receipt representing the 2016 collections to Council President Mike Jessen (at right) and Vice-President Dan Whitten (at left).

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 County income tax revenues rise for local units

  The following table compares two years of revenues distributed to the county and municipalities from the county's Local Income Tax (previously known as CEDIT). The State Budget Agency has certified Porter County's LIT total at $24.7 million in 2017, an increase of about 6% over 2016. The money comes from the 0.5% local income tax paid by Porter County wage earners.

 Unit  2017   2016
 Porter County  $5,160,822  $4,863,057
 Valparaiso  $2,391,006  $2,253,052
 Portage  $2,775,165  $2,615,046
 Chesterton  $984,736  $927,920
 Beverly Shores  $46,192  $43,527
 Burns Harbor  $87,110  $82,084
 Dune Acres  $13,714  $12,923
 Hebron  $280,621  $264,430
 Kouts  $141,591  $133,422
 Ogden Dunes  $83,644  $78,818
 Porter town  $366,073  $344,952
 Pines town  $53,351  $50,273


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June 13: County Commissioners meeting, 10 a.m.

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Vicki Urbanik, CPA, CGFM
Porter County Auditor

155 Indiana Avenue
Suite 204
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Ph: 219-465-3445
Fx: 219-465-3806

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.