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December settlement completed: Earliest in 10 years!

  The Porter County Auditor's Office has completed the December settlement, distributing the year-end tax revenues to local schools, municipalities, townships, libraries, and other local taxing units.
  What made this year-end settlement significant was not only that it was completed a week earlier than last year, but also that the distribution of the December tax draws was the earliest in at least 10 years in Porter County.
 Beginning this year, the tax distribution reports are available on the state's Gateway site. As an added convenience, we are pleased to provide the distribution reports on our webpage, under the Budgets tab at left.

Tax Deduction Deadline: Dec. 31

  The annual deadline to apply for property tax deductions for the pay-2018 tax year is fast approaching.
  Taxpayers must fill out and sign their applications by Dec. 31. They must file the completed applications with the County Auditor's Office by Jan. 5 in order for the tax deduction to be applied to the tax bills next year.
   If you already receive all the deductions for which you are eligible and have made no changes to your property ownership, you do not need to re-apply. Some of the most common tax deductions in Indiana are the homestead deduction, mortgage deduction, Over-65 deduction, and the Disabled Veterans deductions ("Totally Disabled" and "Service-Connected Disability"). For more information, please see the Tax Deductions tab at left.

Porter County's bond sale a success

  Porter County recently had a successful bond sale for the $30 million County Revenue bond issue and $20 million stormwater bond issue. The bonds will fund a variety of county capital projects and stormwater projects, as approved by the County Commissioners and Council. The bond sale attracted lower interest rates than anticipated, in turn saving more than $1.5 million in interest costs. To read a statement about the bond sale, click here: Porter County Bond Sale release.
  The Porter County Auditor's Office has assumed added responsibilities related to the bond activity. Our office has implemented added internal controls to help ensure that the requirements of the bond ordinances are met in accounting, monitoring, and compliance.

Auditor of State visits Porter County

  Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz recently visited the Porter County Auditor's Office. The former Allen County Auditor toured our county office, met with staff, and discussed issues of mutual interest. We look forward to our continued work with Auditor Klutz and the State Auditor's Office!

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Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik with Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz.

Auditor Association Officers Named

  The fall, 2017 State Board of Accounts-called conference was held Oct. 17-20 in Indianapolis, bringing together county auditors from throughout the state for training. The conference concluded with the Indiana Auditor's Association election of officers for 2018. Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik, who is currently serving on the board as association secretary, was elected treasurer for 2018.

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The 2018 officers of the Indiana Auditors Association are (left to right): Jennifer Flater of Clay County, secretary; Vicki Urbanik of Porter County, treasurer; Julie Fox of Marshall County, vice-president; Patty Ball of Daviess County, president-elect; and Pauline Graff of Elkhart County, president.

Certified Net AVs up 2.5%

   The Porter County Auditor’s Office has certified the net assessed values that will be used in the 2018 budgets and property tax bills.
   Countywide, Porter County’s adjusted net assessed value totals $9.49 billion as of the certification date, an increase of about $233 million compared to 2017.
  The certified values show that while the county’s personal property values remain relatively stable, real property assessed values jumped about 3.2%. The certified values also show the following:

  • Most taxing districts saw their net assessed value increase. However, values in 10 taxing districts decreased.
  • The certified assessed value in TIF districts totals $788 million, an increase of about $47 million compared to 2017.
  • The values include a new “municipal tax exempt” taxing district for 2018 due to an annexation by Valparaiso of agricultural property in Center Township.

  With the values now certified, local taxing units can use the data in their 2018 budget process. A chart of how the certified values have changed in the past 10 years is shown below.

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Chart prepared by the Porter County Auditor's Office

Financial Conversion Successfully Completed; New Payroll-Related Project Underway
  The Porter County Auditor's Office this year completed a transition to a new financial and payroll system. This conversion was a significant endeavor, one of the largest projects we have undertaken in the Auditor's Office.
  Some of the enhancements achieved:
--Compliance with the state's department numbering system
--Conversion of sub funds, in an effort to eliminate confusion and provide greater clarity of fund activity
--Streamlined claim processing for greater efficiency for county departments and more time for claim audit
--Streamlined budget data entry, which will lead to enhancements in the upload to the state's Gateway site 
  We are pleased to note that we achieved our goal of bringing county departments onto the new system within a matter of weeks. The vast majority of departments have completed one-on-one training and are now "live" with the new system. 
  With the conversion now complete, Porter County departments are now transitioning to a new Time and Attendance system. The new system is being implemented on a test basis over the course of several payrolls, before departments go "paperless" in their payroll activities. Check back on this site soon for more updates on this project.

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County Auditor employees in training on the new system.

"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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Porter County Commissioners, 10 a.m.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are in the Commissioners' Chambers main meeting room, County Administration Center, Valparaiso.

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by Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik.

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Contact Us
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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.