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Auditor Vicki Urbanik to seek reelection

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Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik is announcing that she will seek re-election to a second term.

“It has been a tremendous honor for me to serve as Porter County Auditor, and I take my responsibilities to the taxpayers very seriously,” Urbanik said in a statement released this week. “As I pledged to do when first elected, I have served as a full-time county auditor, placing top emphasis on ethics, accountability, and transparency as the county’s chief accountant.”

According to the statement, Urbanik, a Democrat, is one of the few county auditors in Indiana who is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In addition, she holds the credentials of Certified Government Financial Manager, Enrolled Agent, and Level II assessor-appraiser.

Urbanik said her first-term accomplishments include:

* Saving taxpayers more than $250,000 each year by eliminating contracts and taking on more work in-house.

* Bringing the County Auditor’s Office into the 21st century with major upgrades in the county’s financial, payroll, and excise tax systems.

* Returning more than $480,000 to the county general fund over the first three years in office through the auditor’s in-house homestead compliance program.

* Making public outreach a priority by updating the auditor webpage, hosting “Coffee with the Clerks” with local officials, authoring taxpayer-friendly brochures, and sponsoring an annual “Saving Money” art contest.

* Conducting a five-year research project to identify disabled veterans who might qualify for a tax deduction under a revised state law.

* Consistently completing projects on a timely basis. One example is the most recent settlement, which was the earliest December tax distribution to local government units in at least 10 years.

* Improving internal controls over federal grant accounting and payroll processes.

Urbanik is in her second year as an officer with the Indiana Auditors Association, currently serving as the association’s treasurer. Prior to her election as Porter County Auditor, Urbanik was the Porter County Council’s Budget and Finance deputy and served on the Porter County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals.

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Posted 1/10/2018




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