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It's budget hearing time!

  The Porter County Council has set the schedule for the 2017 county budget hearings. The public hearing and first reading will be held on Monday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. The council will then review the individual budgets at a series of budget readings set for the following dates: Sept. 20, Sept. 22, Sept. 27, Sept. 29, and Oct. 24. Budget adoption is set for Oct. 27. 
  All budget meetings are open to the public. You can view the advertised budget data online on the state's Gateway site, www.in.gov/dlgf. 

Tax Sale, Sheriff's Sale set
  Here two dates to mark on your calendar. The annual Porter County Tax Sale will be Oct. 14 at the Porter County Administration Center, Valparaiso. Click here for the legal notice: Tax sale. (Please note that properties may be removed from the list prior to the sale date). The following Friday, Oct. 21, will be the annual Sheriff's Sale, which will be held at the Porter County Sheriff's Garage on Ind. 2, Valparaiso. The legal notice for this sale will be published in the coming weeks. The Porter County Auditor's Office staff will be on hand to help make both sales as smooth and successful as possible!  

CEDIT revenues expected to rise for local units

  Porter County government and municipalities are expected to see an increase in their local income tax revenues in 2017, under recently released estimates. The State Budget Agency has estimated that Porter County's CEDIT will total $24.7 million in 2017, an increase of about 6% over this year. The money comes from the 0.5% local income tax paid by Porter County wage earners. The following table shows the estimated 2017 distributions and this year's distributions.

 Unit  2017 (est.)  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

Auditor's Office disburses annual riverboat revenue

  This year's riverboat distribution to Porter County totaled $971,324, a slight decrease from last year's total of $973,555. The revenue is received each August and is distributed to the county government, cities, and towns. The Porter County Auditor's office made the following riverboat disbursements.

Porter County $404,781.76 
Beverly Shores  $3,623.04
Burns Harbor  $6,832.36
Chesterton  $77,236.38
Dune Acres  $1,075.68
Hebron  $22,010.12
Kouts  $11,105.54
Ogden Dunes $6,560.48
Portage  $217,666.16
Porter Town  $28,712.45
Pines Town $4,184.52
Valparaiso  $187,535.23

Source: Indiana State Auditor's Office

Homestead program nets $246,500 for County General Fund

  The Porter County Auditor's homestead compliance program in 2015 has resulted in deposits of more than $246,500 for the county's general fund. The money comes from taxes paid by taxpayers who improperly received the homestead deductions. State law allows county auditors to collect up to three years of ineligible homestead taxes and penalties and to deposit a portion of the money collected in the general fund. (To read more, see "Homestead compliance program nets revenue for Porter County.")

 Economic Indicator: Unemployment

    The July unemployment rates in Northwest Indiana fell, according to the latest data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Porter County's unemployment rate stood at 5% in July, down from 5.4% in June. Lake County's unemployment rate was 6.2%, compared to 6.4% in June, while LaPorte County's rate was 5.6%, down from 5.9%.

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 19: Public hearing on 2017 county budgets, 5 p.m.
Sept. 20: Porter County Commissioners, 1 p.m.
Sept. 20: County Council budget reading, 5:30 p.m.

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by Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik.

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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.