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Attention disabled veterans!

   
A change in state law could result in many more disabled veterans qualifying for a tax deduction that could help lower their property taxes beginning in 2018.
   Under the old state law, veterans could not qualify for the "Totally Disabled Veterans" deduction if the assessed value of all their tangible property was more than $143,160. However, effective Jan. 1 of this year, the AV threshold has increased. Now, veterans may qualify if the AV of their Indiana real property does not exceed $175,000. This change is effective with the 2017 assessments for taxes payable in 2018.
  Other eligibility criteria are: Veterans must have served in the U.S. military for at least 90 days with an honorable discharge and must be deemed totally disabled or at least 62 years old with at least a 10% disability. Veterans who qualify for this deduction receive a deduction of up to $12,480 from their property's AV.
  To apply, veterans need to fill out an application and provide proof of disability. The application must be signed and dated by Dec. 31, 2017 in order for the deduction to appear on the tax bills payable in 2018. For more information, see the "Tax Deductions" tab on this page or contact our office.
 
  

Porter County issued preliminary 2017 budget notice

  Porter County has been issued its preliminary 2017 budget notice from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, joining 18 other Indiana counties that received this notice in the last week of December. The budget notice brings good news: All but one of the budgets as adopted by the Porter County Council has been tentatively approved. Further, the tax rate to fund county government is set to drop, the fourth year in a row that the county government's tax rate has fallen. You can view the county's 2017 budgets on this webpage by going to the Budget tab at the left. To check the DLGF's statewide budget status map, click here. 


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Abatement annual notice published

 
Indiana law requires county auditors to publish a listing annually of the abatement deductions that will be applied on property tax bills. To see Porter County's legal notice for taxes payable in 2017, click here. To see the annual abatement notice for any Indiana county, visit the state's Gateway site by clicking here. 

Internal Control training underway

  Under state legislation that passed last year, all political subdivisions in Indiana must adopt internal control standards and must provide internal control training to staff. Internal control is a process that can help an entity achieve its objectives in the areas of financial reporting, efficiency and effectiveness, and compliance. Porter County's compliance with the new state law is well underway, with the County Auditor's Office leading a series of training sessions for employees. Click on the "Internal Control" tab at the left for more information.

Internal Control article featured in The Journal

 
Indiana's law on internal controls in local government is the subject of an article authored by Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik that appears in the fall, 2016 issue of The Journal of Government Financial Management, a publication of the Association of Government Accountants. The article addresses the importance of internal controls and the training that has been implemented in county government to introduce employees to this important topic.

CEDIT revenues to rise for local units


  Porter County government and municipalities will see an increase in their local income tax revenues in 2017. The State Budget Agency has certified 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   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

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Porter County Council, 5 p.m. reorganization, 5:30 p.m. regular meeting. For legal notice, click here.
Tuesday, Jan. 31: Porter County Commissioners, 10 a.m.

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by Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik.

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Vicki Urbanik, CPA, CGFM
Porter County Auditor
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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.