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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

Auditor's Office disburses annual riverboat revenue

  This year's riverboat distribution to Porter County totaled $971,324, a slight decrease from last year's total of $973,555. The revenue is received each August and is distributed to the county government, cities, and towns. The Porter County Auditor's office made the following riverboat disbursements.

Porter County $404,781.76 
Beverly Shores  $3,623.04
Burns Harbor  $6,832.36
Chesterton  $77,236.38
Dune Acres  $1,075.68
Hebron  $22,010.12
Kouts  $11,105.54
Ogden Dunes $6,560.48
Portage  $217,666.16
Porter Town  $28,712.45
Pines Town $4,184.52
Valparaiso  $187,535.23

Source: Indiana State Auditor's Office

Budgets and tax caps

  New state legislation will mean a number of changes in the budget adoption process. Under one of the changes, the Porter County Council in August will review estimates of how the state's property tax caps ("circuit breaker") may affect local government units in 2017.
  The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has released preliminary estimates of the circuit breaker losses; in many cases, the estimates show significant reductions. For example, Porter County government's loss is estimated at $3.1 million, compared to this year's $1.8 million. To see the state report, click here. (Porter County's estimates begin on page 279). Keep in mind that the figures are only estimates that provide a tool for budget preparation purposes.
   The state has also announced the levy growth quotient that local taxing units will use in preparing their 2017 budgets. The growth quotient is 3.8%, up from this year's 2.6%.

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 latest workforce data show a rise in unemployment rates from May to June. In Porter County, the June unemployment rate was 5.4%, up from 5%. Similarly, Lake County's unemployment rate was 6.4%, compared to 6.2% in May, while LaPorte County's rate was 5.9%, up from 5.8%.


Upcoming Events

August 23: Porter County Commissioners meeting, 1 p.m.
August 23: Porter County Council meeting, 5:30 p.m. Click here for the legal notice.

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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.