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Money Smart Week
For the second year in a row, the Porter County Auditor's Office is pleased to be a partner in Money Smart Week®. Our office will join hundreds of partner organizations throughout the country in providing personal finance events during the week of April 22-29, 2017.

This year, we have several fun events planned for Money Smart Week. See below for details.


"Saving Money" Art Contest

  The Porter County Auditor's Office is sponsoring our second annual art contest for Porter County students in grades K-8 as part of Money Smart Week®. Students are invited to decorate a dollar bill design or submit an original drawing. Students will title their drawing by completing the following sentence: "I will save my money ___________."   

  The designs and entry forms are available at the Porter County Auditor's Office. You may also print the design and entry form yourself by clicking on the following links:

Saving Money Art Design 2017 (Please note: Our designs are on 11 by 17 inch paper; you may use a smaller size if you prefer.).
Saving Money Art Contest Entry Form

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  Attention Schools and After-School Sites: Contact our office if you would like us to drop off designs to your building. We can also arrange for pick-up when the designs are decorated.
  Drawings should be submitted to the County Auditor's Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21. All drawings will be on display in the Porter County Administration Building during Money Smart Week. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners.

  For a flier about this year's art contest, click on this link: Saving Money Art Contest, 2017

Tax Workshops Set

  Also as part of Money Smart Week®, the Porter County Auditor's Office will host two tax-related workshops on two very different topics.

  "Property Tax Deductions for Disabled Veterans, Seniors, and People with Disabilities" will explore these tax benefits available in Indiana. A special focus of this workshop will be the new assessed value criteria for the Totally Disabled or Over 62 with a Partial Disability deduction.

  "Saving and Spending for College" will explore the rules, restrictions, and tax benefits of college savings programs as well as education tax benefits. A special focus will be on the American Opportunity Credit and Lifelong Learning Credit, and how these credits can, and cannot, be combined with other tax benefits.

  These workshops will be held on the following days:

  • Monday, April 24, Valparaiso Public Library; 2 p.m. (tax deductions), 3 p.m. (saving for college)
  • Friday, April 28, Westchester Public Library Baugher Center; 1 p.m. (tax deductions), 2 p.m. (saving for college)

In the News

  Below are 
news articles about the Porter County Auditor's Office and Money Smart Week events:

Porter County Auditor announces Saving Money art contest, NWI Times
County Auditor to host tax workshops on veteran, senior benefits, college planning, Chesterton Tribune

Visit Us during Money Smart Week!

  The Porter County Auditor's office will have Money Smart Week bookmarks and financial planning fliers available during Money Smart Week, April 22-29.
   In addition, our office will be decorated especially for Money Smart Week. Our decor will be based on a popular board game ... but with a special twist!

About Money Smart Week®

  Money Smart Week® was launched by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002 as a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. 

  The program is now active in more than  45 states through national partnerships with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension, and the American Library Association.

  For more information about Money Smart Week and a calendar of programs and events, see the Money Smart Week webpage.