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State Auditor visits Porter County Auditor's Office

  Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch paid a visit to the County Auditor's Office on June 21, as part of her efforts to visit county auditors and hear their input. Auditor Crouch first visited our office in 2015, and we were delighted that she visited us again this year. Her visit was especially timely, given that just the day before, the state announced final approval of our June, 2016 settlement. For a news story about the visit, click here.

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"Saving Money" Art Contest Winners Announced

  We are pleased to announce the winners in the Porter County Auditor's Office "Saving Money" Art Contest for students, held as part of  Money Smart Week®. Students were invited to color a piggy bank design or an original drawing and complete the title, "Saving Money is ...." The winners are:


Brianna Hicks, Valparaiso, Northview Elementary School
"Saving Money is amazing because you can get a good college."

Stephen Unser, Portage Township, SELF School
"Saving Money is Fun."

Kayla Bowie, Valparaiso, Flint Lake Elementary
"Saving money is hard because you have to work for it"
Arryanna Marie Slager, Portage, Ethel Jones Elementary
"Saving money is helping people with cancer."

Samantha Pratt, Portage, Ethel Jones Elementary
"Saving money is fun."


Alexa Price, Valparaiso, Memorial Elementary
"Saving money is great for fundrazing!"

Morgan Morales, Portage, Ethel Jones Elementary
"Saving money is smart."

Kassidy Williams, Valparaiso, Flint Lake Elementary
"Saving money is hard because you always have to work super hard."

Jonathan Popoca, Portage, 
"Saving money is difficult but helps you sort your priorities."


Brianna Hicks with her drawing, "Saving money is amazing because you can get a good college."


Stephen Unser with his drawing, "Saving Money is Fun."


Kayla Bowie with her drawing, "Saving money is hard because you have to work for it," with a design focused on donating toward the new County Animal Shelter!

County, municipalities receive special distribution

  The Porter County Auditor's Office has disbursed more than $4.2 million to the county, cities, and towns as part of a special distribution of income tax revenues. The distribution was made possible by new state legislation affecting counties with positive balances in their income tax trust accounts. Per SEA 67, at least 75% of the revenues must be used for roads or other infrastructure projects. The special distribution breaks down as follows (figures are rounded):

County: $1,775,184
Portage: $954,582
Valparaiso: $822,442
Chesterton: $338,723
Porter: $125,919
Hebron: $96,526
Kouts: $48,704
Burns Harbor: $29,964
Ogden Dunes: $28,771
Pines: $18,351
Beverly Shores: $15,889
Dune Acres: $4,711

Attention businesses: New filing rule for personal property taxes

  Businesses and farms exempt from personal property taxes next year should make sure to comply with new state filing requirements -- or else face a penalty.
  Under state legislation adopted last year, taxpayers with up to $20,000 in total personal property acquisition costs in each county will be exempt from personal property taxes, for taxes payable in 2017.
   Under revised legislation, affected taxpayers are to declare the exemption on a personal property tax return filed by the May 15 deadline. However, for 2016 only, taxpayers may declare the exemption either through a personal property tax return or by filing a notarized certification with the assessor's office. Failure to file by the deadline will require the County Auditor's office to apply a $25 penalty on the next tax installment. For more information on the new personal property exemption rules, including the revision made in the 2016 Indiana Legislature, see this Indiana Department of Local Government Finance memo.

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.")

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In photo: Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik presents a check
to Porter County Council President Dan Whitten and 
Vice-President Karen Conover representing homestead
tax money returned to the county general fund.


 Economic Indicator: Unemployment

  After an uptick in February, Northwest Indiana's unemployment rates held steady in March. The March unemployment rate in Porter County was 6.6%, the same as in February. In Lake and LaPorte counties, the unemployment rates were 7.8% and 7.7%, respectively.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 28: Porter County Council meeting, 5:30 p.m. For the legal notice, click here.

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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.