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Budget and Tax Billing Update

  The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance regularly tracks the progress being made by Indiana's counties in the various steps involved in budget certification and tax billing. We are pleased to note that Porter County was one of nine counties in Indiana that met the July 1 deadline for balancing assessed values that will be reflected on the 2017 tax bills. Our thanks to the County Assessor's office for rolling the AVs in time for us to meet the state deadline. You can link to the status map by clicking here.


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Property tax levy growth quotient: 3.8%

 
The state has recently announced the levy growth quotient that local taxing units will use in preparing their 2017 budgets and projected property tax levies. The growth quotient is 3.8%, up from this year's 2.6%. The formula is based in part on six years of Indiana non-farm income. This year, a recession-era negative rolled off from the formula, contributing to the percentage increase.


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.  For a news story about the visit, click here.


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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



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


   Northwest Indiana's unemployment rates have continued to improve. The May unemployment rate in Porter County was 5%, down from 5.6% in April. Similarly, Lake County's unemployment rate fell from 6.9% in April to 6.1% in May, while LaPorte County's rate was 5.7% in May, down from 6.5% the month before.

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Upcoming Events

July 12: Porter County Commissioners' meeting, 1 p.m.
July 26: Porter County Council meeting, 5:30 p.m.


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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
Email

155 Indiana Avenue
Suite 204
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Ph: 219-465-3445
Fx: 219-465-3806

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.