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It's budget hearing time!

  The Porter County Council's 2017 budget hearings are underway. The remaining budget hearing will be held Oct. 24, with budget adoption 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. Click on the following link for our budget flier available at the Auditor's Office: County Budget flier, 2016-17.

Delinquent Property Tax Sale Nets $2 million  
    Porter County's annual Property Tax Sale, held Oct. 14, resulted in the collection of $2,093,815 from owners and buyers. In total, 497 parcels had all taxes, penalties, and costs paid in full, either by the owners who paid prior to the sale or by lien buyers at the sale. A total of 520 parcels were offered at the sale, with 49 bidders participating. Of the parcels not sold, the county commissioners acquired a tax lien and may offer those properties to the public at a sale at a later time. "It is our ultimate goal to return these properties to the tax rolls as quickly and efficiently as possible," County Auditor Vicki Urbanik said in a press release. The sale was conducted by SRI Inc., which conducts tax sales in 83 counties in Indiana, Michigan, and Colorado.

Sheriff's Sale Set

The annual Sheriff's Sale will be held Oct. 14 at the Porter County Sheriff's Garage on Ind. 2, Valparaiso. Click here for the legal notice: Sheriff's Auction. The Porter County Auditor's Office staff will be on hand to help make the sale as 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


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 August unemployment rates in Northwest Indiana inched up from July, according to the latest data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Porter County's unemployment rate stood at 5.3% in August, up from 5% in July. Lake County's unemployment rate was 6.5%, compared to 6.2% in July, while LaPorte County's rate was 6.0%,up from 5.6%.


Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct. 21: Sheriff's Sale, Porter County Sheriff Garage, 2053 Heavlin Road, Valparaiso, 10 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 21: Internal Control training for Porter County department heads and employees, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., County Administration Center, Valparaiso.
Monday, Oct. 24: Porter County Council regular meeting and budget hearing, 5 p.m. Click here for the legal notice.
Thursday, Oct. 27: Porter County Council budget adoption, 5:30 p.m.

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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.