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Employee compensation report now available

The annual report listing the total compensation paid to all full-time and part-time county employees in calendar year 2018 is now available. Local governmental units are required to submit the annual compensation reports, known as the Form 100R, by Jan. 31 of each year. The reports are also available for employees of state government and state universities. The public can access these reports through the state's Gateway informational portal with the following link: Public employee compensation report.

IRS opens tax filing season

The federal tax filing season opened Jan. 28. Porter County Government employees had electronic access to their W-2s beginning Jan. 18. The Auditor's Office has also mailed paper copies of W-2s, along with the 1095-C health insurance tax form, to all employees. The IRS is urging taxpayers to perform a "paycheck checkup" to determine the correct amount of their tax withholding in each paycheck. As the IRS website notes: "Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, many taxpayers' withholding went down in 2018, giving them more money in their paychecks. Some taxpayers may receive a smaller refund or even owe an unexpected tax bill when they file their 2018 tax return." For more information about the tax filing season, visit www.irs.gov. PCG employees with questions about their W-2 or 1095-C should contact the Auditor's Office by email at .

Porter County's 2019 Budget Order Issued

  The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has released the 2019 certified budget order for Porter County, establishing the approved budgets, tax levies, and tax rates for local units of government. The tax rates contained in the budget order will be reflected on the property tax bills that will be issued in the spring of 2019.
  To view the budget order, click here: Porter County 2019 Budget Order.
   The budget order shows that the 2019 property tax rates will be higher than in 2018 in all but six of Porter County's taxing districts. The table below compares the tax rates by taxing district. Our office has also updated our annual flier that includes the tax rates by taxing district and by tax unit; the flier is available at our public display at our office.

Porter County 2018-19 Property Tax Rates

 Taxing District 2018 Tax Rate   2019 Tax Rate
 Boone Township  2.4906 2.5003
 Hebron  3.1601 3.2076
 Center Township  2.0304 2.0436
 Valparaiso--Center Township  3.0029 3.0152
 Jackson Township  1.5569 1.5849
 Liberty Township  1.5923 1.6153
 Chesterton--Liberty Township  2.4722 2.5413
 Morgan Township  1.5217 1.5047
 Pine Township--Michigan City Schools  1.4586 1.4408
 Pine Township--Duneland Schools  1.6043 1.6321
 Beverly Shores  1.8368 1.9587
 Pines town  1.9045 1.9576
 Pleasant Township  1.5741 1.5632
 Kouts  1.9874 1.9957
 Portage Township  1.6679 1.9032
 Portage city--Portage Township  2.6142 2.8265
 Ogden Dunes  1.9742 2.1527
 Porter Township  1.5271 1.5936
 Union Township  1.6139 1.7581
 Washington Township  1.5239 1.5058
 Westchester Township  1.6977 1.7298
 Portage city--Westchester Township  2.8516 2.9178
 Chesterton--Westchester Township  2.5815 2.6559
 Burns Harbor  2.0191 2.0525
 Dune Acres  2.0203 2.0645
 Porter town  2.7733 2.8920
 Chesterton--Jackson Township  2.4611 2.5317
 Porter Township--West Porter Fire   1.5247 1.5892
 Valparaiso--Washington Township  2.7131 2.7006
 Valparaiso--Morgan Township  2.7067 2.6953
 Valparaiso--Center Twp MTE 2.0304  2.0436

Fall tax settlement completed

  The Porter County Auditor's Office has distributed more than $116 million in property taxes, excise taxes, and other revenues to local government units and to the state, following our fall settlement in December. The distribution reports, known as the Form 22s, are available online here and on the state's Gateway site. The Form 22s show how much was collected and disbursed to each taxing unit's various funds.
  For the full fall Form 22 report, click here: Porter County, fall 2018 all units. You can also access these and the 2017 reports by going to "Settlement Reports" under the Budget and Finance tab.

Tax Abatement report now available

  In accordance with state law, the Porter County Auditor's office has published a list of real and personal property abatements that will be reflected on the 2018 tax bills payable in 2019. To view the legal notice containing the list, click here: Tax Abatement  legal notice, December, 2018. 

Budget and Finance Director Tiffany Johnson earns CPA

  The Porter County Auditor's Office is pleased to announce that Budget and Finance Director Tiffany Johnson has been awarded her license as a Certified Public Accountant.
  Johnson, who joined the Auditor's Office in 2015, holds a variety of responsibilities in budgeting, financial reporting, excise tax calculations, and the annual TIF neutralization study.
  She is now the second CPA on staff at the Porter County Auditor's office, joining County Auditor Vicki Urbanik.

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Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik (left) and Budget and Finance Director Tiffany Johnson with her CPA license.

Disabled Veterans Deduction Changes

  Disabled veterans are urged to take note of changes in the state law regarding the deduction known as the "Totally Disabled Veterans/Veterans over 62 with a Partial Disability Deduction." Beginning with tax bills in 2018, more disabled veterans qualified for the deduction due to an increase in the limit on assessed value. Disabled veterans may qualify for the deduction if their assessed value is no more than $175,000. More information is available on our Disabled Veterans Deductions page.

   In 2017, our office launched a project to help inform disabled veterans about the change in criteria. Here are few media reports about our efforts:
  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

Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb. 25: Porter County Redevelopment Commission meeting, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26: Porter County Council meeting, 5:30 p.m.

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

Find us on Facebook: Porter County Auditor's Facebook page

The Auditor webpage and the Auditor Facebook page are written and maintained 
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.