According to the
DLGF, three Duneland townships -- Jackson, Liberty and Pine -- saw increases
in their AV this year, while Westchester Twp. experienced a decrease of
about $20 million. Jackson and Liberty’s AV grew about $20 million and $30
million, respectively, while Pine’s remained relatively flat.
For the 2018 AV
figures, Porter County saw declines in ten out of 31 taxing units, and six
of those were in Duneland.
Westchester Twp. saw the biggest drop with $171.7 million for 2018’s net AV,
an almost $30 million plunge from the $200.8 million for 2017.
The Town of Burns
Harbor saw its AV dip by $3 million, from $565.1 million to $562 million.
The Town of Porter’s AV was .9 million less for 2018 than in 2017, from
$228.5 million to $227.4 million, and the Town of Pines decreased slightly
by about $100,000, at $21.6 million for 2018. Smaller than that was the
portion of Pine Twp. in the Michigan City School District whose difference
was about $10,000.
The City of
Portage’s small section of Westchester Twp. saw its AV reduced from about $6
million for 2017 to $4.1 million in 2018.
County Assessor Jon
Snyder could offer no specific reason for the decreases but said that the
formula for determining an assessed value is affected by sales activity
within the immediate area, which can cause a value to either shrink or grow.
He also said that all buildings and property receive an assessed value,
whether they are vacant or not.
“There were some
(taxing units) that saw decreases but not that many as the county was up
generally by 3 to 5 percent (in AV),” Snyder said.
While Burns Harbor
and Porter’s AVs decreased, Chesterton’s increased by roughly $22 million
for 2018. Its total from its three taxing units is approximately $692
Meanwhile, the City
of Valparaiso’s AV improved by $60 million and Portage’s AV improved by
$38.1 million for 2018.
The other units
that saw declines in AV were the Town of Hebron, the Town of Ogden Dunes and
Porter Twp. unincorporated.
Below is the list
of tax units with their corresponding 2018 net AV figures with the 2017
figures in parentheses for comparison.
$424.3 million ($406 million)
$638.4 million ($607.3 million)
$300.5 million ($299.8 million)
Township: $1,597.7 million ($1,617.7 million)
unincorporated: $400 million ($384.8 million)
unincorporated: $498 million ($477.8 million)
Twp.: $140.4 million ($129.5 million)
School District: $40.8 million ($40.2 million)
Twp.: $187.6 million ($187.4 million)
Chesterton-Westchester Twp.: $527.8 million ($519 million)
Acres-Westchester Twp.: $104.7 million ($98.4 million)
Twp.: $23.9 million ($21.3 million)
Township-Michigan City School District: $50.48 million ($50.49 million)
Town of Pines- Pine
Twp.: $21.6 million ($21.7 million)
Portage-Westchester Twp.: $4.1 million ($6 million)
Harbor-Westchester Twp.: $562 million ($565.1 million)
Porter-Westchester Twp.: $227.4 million ($228.5 million)
Township unincorporated: $171.7 million ($200.7 million)
unincorporated: $134.5 million ($133 million)
unincorporated: $823 million ($802.6 million)
Twp.: $1,480 million ($1,464.5 million)
unincorporated: $267.5 million ($251.2 million)
unincorporated: $170.3 million ($164.5 million)
Twp.: $82.1 million ($76.9 million)
unincorporated: $258 million ($243.7 million)
Portage-Portage Twp.: $1,431.2 million ($1,391.1 million)
$597.5 million ($574.5 million)
Township: $274.1 million ($265.1 million)
Township-Porter Fire: $238.8 million ($221.1 million)
Valparaiso-Washington Twp.: $229.4 million ($185.1 million)
Twp. Municipal Tax Exempt (MTE): $.05 million (N/A)
$108.8 million ($109.3 million)
Twp.: $145 million ($147.4 million)
unincorporated: $293.9 million ($300.5 million)
Twp.: $.1 million ($.2 million)