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County Council wraps up 2020 budgets

  The Porter County Council has adopted the county government's 2020 budgets, culminating several weeks of budget hearings. The budgets include a 3 percent increase for most full-time employees.
  As required, the Auditor's Office has submitted the budget documents to the state, via the state's Gateway public information portal. The budgets are now under review by the state and will be finalized with the 2020 budget order. To view the budgets online, visit this link: Gateway budgets (This site will allow viewers to access budgets for taxing units statewide. To view Porter County's budgets, click on the budget report you wish to view, then select Porter County from the drop down box).

Estimated tax caps, tax levies reviewed

  As part of the budget process, the Porter County Council conducted an annual review of the state's estimates showing how much local government units will be allowed to levy in property taxes in 2020, and how much revenue they might lose due to the state tax caps. Indiana law requires county fiscal bodies to conduct this review each August. To assist the council in reviewing these estimates, the Porter County Auditor's office compiled a report, which can be accessed here: 2020 Max Levy and Tax Cap Estimates for Porter County.

Auditor's Office certifies 2020 net AVs 

A key figure that's used in setting property tax rates each year is the certified net assessed values (CNAVs). These values reflect the taxable value of real and personal property throughout the county. Our office certified the net 2020 AV for the county overall at $9.8 billion, which is a 2.3 percent increase over this year. The table below lists the 2020 certified net AVs for select taxing districts.

 Taxing District  2020 CNAV
 Hebron  $114 million
 Valparaiso--Center Township  $1.5 billion
 Valparaiso--Washington Township  $256 million
 Beverly Shores  $185 million
 Pines  $26 million
 Kouts  $84 million
 Portage  $1.5 billion
 Ogden Dunes  $149 million
 Burns Harbor  $588 million
 Chesterton--Westchester Township  $542 million
 Chesterton--Liberty Township  $153 million
 Dune Acres  $102 million
 Porter  $230 million

County Income Tax 2020 estimates released

   The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has certified the Local Income Tax (LIT) distributions in 2020. Paid for by wage-earners in Porter County, this tax provides funding to the county and municipalities while also funding the county's homestead credit and membership in the Regional Development Authority. LIT revenues have been certified at a total of $27.8 million in 2020, up from $26.3 million in 2019. 

New deed transfer fee now in effect

  A number of new state laws affecting county auditor offices took effect July 1. One of these is a deed transfer fee increase to $10 per parcel. Under H.E.A. 1427, county auditors are now required to collect the higher fee for real property conveyances, with the fee revenue used for developing and maintaining plat books. We began implementing this new fee on July 1, in accordance with state statute.

Tax Rates, 2019

   Below is a list of the tax rates that are reflected on this year's property tax bills, the first installment of which were due May 10. To view our annual tax rate chart, which lists all the 2019 tax rates for all the taxing units and their individual funds, click here: 2019 Tax Rate Chart.  

 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


Upcoming Events

       Tuesday, Nov. 5: Porter County Commissioners, 10 a.m.
       Tuesday, Nov. 19: 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.

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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.