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County Council adopts 2022 budgets

The Porter County Council has concluded its hearings on the county government's 2022 budgets. Some highlights:

  •  Three new jailer positions were approved for security at the county's newest facility at 157 Franklin St., Valparaiso.
  •  The Council endorsed the proposal to provide premium pay from the county's American Rescue Plan Act revenues of up to $4,000 per eligible employee in 2022.
  • The Council endorsed providing one-time stipends of $3,000 for full-time county employees not eligible for premium pay.
  • The Council approved special raise requests for selected employees in the following departments: Prosecutor, Prosecutor Child Support, Coroner, IT, Clerk, Jail, Storm Water and Development, Health, Recycling and Waste Reduction District. The Council also approved rate and per diem requests for several departments.

At its first meeting in August, the Council reviewed the estimates of the 2022 maximum property tax levies and estimated tax caps (Circuit Breaker credits) that will affect all local governmental unit budgets. To view our report containing the projections, click here: Estimated Max Levies and Tax Caps, 2022.

In summary, the projections show:

  • Maximum property tax levies will increase in 2022, reflecting the state's growth quotient of 4.3%.
  • Most units in Porter County are projected to see a decrease in the revenue losses due to the state's tax caps.


The Porter County Auditor's Office recently certified the net assessed values that will be used in establishing the 2022 property tax rates. These values reflect the assessed values for all property types, adjusted for tax abatements, TIFs, deductions and other factors.

For the second year in a row, the county's overall taxable values will increase by more than 6%, from $10.5 billion to $11.2 billion. Generally speaking, higher net AVs can help stabilize property tax rates. Some highlights about the certified values:

  • Of the various property types, owner-occupied homes increased the most, from $5.8 billion to $6.38 billion, a nearly 10% increase.
  • Personal property values grew an overall 2%, to $1.52 billion.
  • Real and personal property in Tax Increment Financing districts increased from $886 million to $889 million.CNAV chart thru 2022
  • While nearly all of Porter County's taxing districts saw net AV growth, five taxing districts increased by more than 10%. These were: Pine Township-Duneland Schools, Pine Township-Michigan City Schools, Morgan Township, Jackson Township, and Chesterton-Liberty Township.

Details about Porter County's 2022 certified values are available online at Click on "Search for Reports," then "Assessed Values."

2021 Property Tax Rates

The table below shows the tax rates in each Porter County taxing district in 2021, with a comparison to 2020. In all but four of Porter County's taxing districts, tax rates are lower than last year. 

The property tax rates were certified in the county's annual budget order, which is available through the following link: Porter County 2021 budget order

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

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


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