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2021 Property Tax Update

Taxpayers are reminded that the first installment of property taxes is due on May 10.  

Our annual tax rate chart lists all the property tax rates for every fund in every taxing unit in each taxing district. As required by statute, the chart is being published as a legal notice three times. To view the chart, click here: 2021 Tax Rate Chart.

In all but four of Porter County's taxing districts, tax rates are lower in 2021 than last year. Taxpayers should note that lower tax rates do not necessarily mean that tax bills are  reduced. Other factors will help determine individual tax bills. For example, if a taxpayer's assessed value increased, the tax bill could end up higher even with a lower tax rate.

The property tax rates were certified in the county's annual budget order. The Porter County budget order is available online by clicking on the following link: Porter County 2021 budget order. The table below lists the tax rates that have been applied to this year's tax bills, with a comparison to the 2020 rates.

Taxing District2020 Tax Rate2021 Tax Rate
Boone Township2.36332.5640
Center Township2.04091.9863
Valparaiso--Center Township3.04032.9584
Jackson Township1.61751.5237
Liberty Township1.65321.5801
Chesterton--Liberty Township2.55642.4382
Morgan Township1.54361.4914
Pine Township--Michigan City Schools1.46381.4730
Pine Township--Duneland Schools1.65881.5614
Beverly Shores2.03651.9715
Pines town1.88711.8983
Pleasant Township1.62231.5736
Portage Township1.88581.8414
Portage--Portage Township2.81462.7974
Ogden Dunes2.17922.1632
Porter Township1.60291.5082
Union Township1.61681.6010
Washington Township1.54521.4992
Westchester Township1.78961.6673
Portage--Westchester Township2.94072.8613
Chesterton--Westchester Township2.68042.5540
Burns Harbor2.10171.9927
Dune Acres2.12472.0505
Porter town2.95052.7511
Chesterton--Jackson Township2.54442.4268
West Porter Fire1.59721.4863
Valparaiso--Washington Township2.77042.7078
Valparaiso--Morgan Township2.76492.6994
Valparaiso--Center Township MTE2.04091.9863

Non-filers can claim Economic Impact Payments

Millions of Americans do not file federal tax returns because of their low incomes, but they might still be eligible for the Economic Impact Payments that Congress has approved as part of the federal COVID relief bills.

In an effort to help non-filers claim their Economic Impact Payments, our office has compiled a flier with information from the IRS that explains how to file a tax return in order to claim the stimulus payment(s).

If you are a non-filer or know someone who is, you can check out our flier here: "How to get your Economic Impact Payment even if you don't file taxes"  

Income Tax revenue for 2021 certified

The table below shows the local income tax (LIT) revenues that our office distributes monthly to the county, cities and towns. The revenue comes from payroll withholdings from those who work in the county; the 2021 amounts reflect the income taxes generated in 2019. 

Overall, Porter County's 2021 LIT is 5.48% higher than in 2020. Half of the total is reserved for a credit on homeowner tax bills and for the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. The other half is distributed to the county and municipalities. 

Did you know? Porter County's LIT rate of 0.5% (.005) is the lowest in Indiana. Only one other county currently has this same rate. The following breakdown shows the distribution to the county and municipalities in both 2020 and 2021.

2020 LIT2021 LIT
County $  5,795,737$   6,113,221
Portage    3,116,583  3,287,307 
Valparaiso    2,685,163     2,832,254
Chesterton    1,105,884     1,166,464
Porter       411,110        433,630
Hebron       315,145        332,408
Kouts       159,011        167,722
Burns Harbor        97,827        103,186
Ogden Dunes        93,934          99,080
Pines        59,915         63,197
Beverly Shores        51,875         54,717
Dune Acres        15,402         16,246

 Budget austerity measures remain in place

The Porter County Council and Porter County Commissioners last year jointly adopted a financial resolution in anticipation of potentially negative budgetary impacts due to the coronavirus. The resolution, adopted by the Council on May 26 and by the Commissioners on June 9, calls for several austerity measures to continue through 2021. These measures include:

  • Department heads must seek Council or Commissioner approval before moving forward with filling vacancies;
  • Department heads must seek advance approval before authorizing any overtime or compensatory time for employees;
  • Department heads seeking an additional appropriation from the general fund must first seek approval to get on the council agenda;
  • The Porter County Auditor will utilize inter-fund borrowing to resolve departmental cash flow problems.


Upcoming Events

Monday, May 10: Property tax bills due (spring installment).

Tuesday, May 18: County Commissioners, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 25: Porter County Council, 5:30 p.m.

Monday, May 31: County government offices closed in observance of Memorial Day.

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