COVID-19 UPDATE: Auditor Services During Shutdown
Effective at noon on March 17, many county government offices, including the Auditor’s Office, closed to the public in an effort to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Staff members in good health are still reporting to work. Our office will continue regular operations to the best of our abilities.
To Taxpayers: If you need to reach us concerning your tax bill, deduction, or other matters, we will be here to assist via phone call or email. Our main office number is 219-465-3445. Our email is email@example.com. Please be patient with us as we deal with an increased volume in calls and emails.
To County Department Heads and Employees: Effective March 16, we have instituted new procedures for authorized personnel doing business with our office for payroll/benefits, accounts payable, accounts receivable, or other matters. Paperwork can be dropped off at a table after you arrive in our office; if you need to meet with one of us, please wait for assistance. All individuals are required to wash their hands before entering our office.
State issues Porter County’s 2020 Budget Order
The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has issued the 2020 budget order for Porter County. The budget order sets the total budgets, property tax levies, and tax rates for each taxing unit. To view the budget order, click here.
The table below shows the tax rates that will be applied to the tax bills payable in 2020, with a comparison to last year’s rates by each taxing district.
|Taxing District||2019 Tax Rate||2020 Tax Rate|
|Pine Township--Michigan City Schools||1.4408||1.4638|
|Pine Township--Duneland Schools||1.6321||1.6588|
|Portage city--Portage Township||2.8265||2.8146|
|Portage city--Westchester Township||2.9178||2.9407|
|Porter Township--West Porter Fire||1.5892||1.5972|
|Valparaiso--Center Township MTE||2.0436||2.0409|
To view the adopted budgets for Porter County government, see the "Budgets & Finance" tab or click here. As part of the budget process, the Porter County Council also reviewed maximum tax levies and estimated tax cap losses. To view the levy and tax cap report compiled by the Porter County Auditor’s office, click here: 2020 Max Levy and Tax Cap Estimates for Porter County (PDF).
Employee Compensation Report now available
Interested in seeing the compensation earned by public employees in 2019? Each year, government units throughout the state must report the total compensation paid to their elected officials, department heads, and employees in a report known as the 100R. Our office has completed this report for county government employees. Check it out on the state’s Gateway informational portal by following this link.
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.
Tuesday, March 17: Porter County Commissioners, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, March 24, Porter County Council, 5:30 p.m.
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