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Duneland Resale wins tax exemption

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The charitable Duneland Resale Shop easily won a tax exemption for its newer storage facility at 838 Indiana Ave. with a 3-0 vote from the Porter County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals.

Dan Johnston, executive director of Duneland United Churches Resale Inc., said the building, the former Lakeshore Gymnastics, was acquired about a year ago. It is located next door to the current resale shop at 801 Broadway and is being used as storage for now, he said.

No future plans are set yet for the annex, Johnston said, but we will know when the right time comes.

Duneland Resale includes a network of approximately 100 volunteers and 20 churches. More than $1.5 million has been raised for charity since it first opened in 2001, which has been donated to more than a 100 different agencies and causes in Northwest Indiana, Johnston said.

Sales revenue is used to take care of the shops operational costs and immediate needs and the rest is given back to the community, Johnston said.

Johnston presented to the PTABOA board news articles of recent gifts the Duneland Resale has made to local charities, including a copy of the Dec. 24 edition of the Chesterton Tribune that featured several photographs of donation checks being presented. He also said the Resale Shop received media attention for donating to the Special Olympics.

Were just so grateful for the 20 churches who work with us and the money weve been able to give away, Johnston said. Its quite an emotional thing for us.

Donors to the 501c3 organization are eligible for tax credits, he added.

PTABOA member Vicki Urbanik said as a former Chesterton Tribune reporter, shes followed the progress of the Duneland Resale Shop and realizes how much support it gives to others.

Its probably the epitome of a charitable organization. They do so much good for the community, Urbanik said.

Johnston said this month will mark the 13th year the Duneland Resale has been in existence.

PTABOA member Nick Sommers made a motion to give Duneland Resale an exemption on the land, lots and improvements for the 838 Indiana Ave. location. Voting in favor were Urbanik and board president Joe Wszolek.

Wszolek said that the Duneland Resale applied for an exemption based on being a church or religious society but ultimately met the criteria for being a charitable organization. However, the charitable exemption will help them with the ministry they provide, he said.




Posted 3/24/2014




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