By JEFF SCHULTZ
Auditor Vicki Urbanik announced last week that tax rates overall dropped in
most county taxing units.
The six areas in
the county where tax rates rose are those connected to the Michigan City
Area School Corporation and the Boone Twp. School District. Portage Twp.
also saw its rate increase, but only slightly.
The portion of Pine
Twp. in the Michigan City School District had the lowest tax rate in Porter
County for 2014 at 1.0146, but rose to 1.6208 this year. The Town of Pines
and Beverly Shores also saw their rates increase by .6, or 60 cents per $100
of assessed valuation, for this year.
rate climbed more than any other taxing unit in the county, from 1.3588 in
2014 to 2.0377 in 2015, a difference of .6789.
According to the
DLGF’s budget order, the Michigan City Area School Corporation’s rate went
from .3797 in 2014 to 1.0064 in 2015. There were moderate increases in the
school district’s transportation and bus replacement budgets but its largest
increase was the rate for its debt service, which was .1067 in 2014 and
.5789 in 2015.
The section of Pine
Twp. in the Duneland School Corporation saw its rate drop from 1.7166 in
2014 to 1.6574.
total assessed valuation for 2015 was $2.476 billion, up from 2014’s figure
of $2.391 billion. That caused the school tax rate to drop from 1.08 last
year to 1.04 this year. The rate includes the full 22 cents from the voter
approved referendum for the Duneland Schools.
The biggest drop in
Duneland this year was that of Portage City-Westchester Twp., which went
from 3.0134 in 2014 to 2.8853, a difference of .1281. As for the rest of the
district, the units saw small decreases ranging from .02 to .07.
continues to have the lowest rate at 1.6137, while Portage City-Westchester
remained the highest at 2.8853.
Westchester Public Library system’s certified levy was figured at $2.76
million with a tax rate of .18, an increase over 2014’s rate of .1763.
The Town of Hebron
claimed the highest rate in Porter County for another consecutive year at
3.3029 while the lowest this year was the West Porter Fire District in
Porter Township with 1.5562.
certified AV is $8.659 billion for 2015, a moderate growth from last year’s
$8.368 billion. The total tax rate for Porter County Government this year is
.4496, which is a small decrease this year even though there were hikes in
the Health Department Fund and the Cumulative Capital Development Fund. The
drop in the general fund and the elimination of the debt rate helped offset
the rising rates in the other two funds, Urbanik said.
As Urbanik said in
a press release Friday, the budget orders reflect Boone Twp. Schools
referendum which was approved by voters last year.
homestead credit rate dropped from 9.8 percent in 2014 to 9.0 this year due
to a drop in county income tax revenues, Urbanik said.
access the 2015 budget orders on the Indiana Department of Local Government
Finance’s website at
Click on “County Specific Information” and then “Porter County.”
Taxpayers can also
find on the webpage a feature to help calculate their tax bills.
Tax bills on time
Department of Local Government Finance issued Porter County its budget
orders on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Porter was 57th out
of 92 counties to receive their budget orders and is in line to have its tax
bills mailed and received on time, which is how it’s been since 2010.
Auditor’s office will calculate the tax bills now that the budgets have been
Bills are to be
mailed by the Treasurer’s office by April 17.
The following is
the list of 2015 total tax rates given by the state in descending order with
their 2014 rates in parentheses for comparison:
City-Westchester: 2.8853 (3.0134).
Town-Westchester: 2.8252 (2.8649).
Chesterton-Westchester: 2.6352 (2.6954).
Chesterton-Liberty: 2.5475. (2.6242).
Chesterton-Jackson: 2.5325 (2.6072).
* Burns Harbor:
* Dune Acres:
Township: 1.7288 (1.7705).
* Liberty Township:
* Pine Township-Duneland
School Corporation: 1.6574 (1.7166).
* Jackson Township:
* Hebron: 3.3029
* Boone Township:
* Pines Town:
* Beverly Shores:
* Portage Township:
Township-Michigan City School Corporation: 1.6208 (1.0146).
City-Portage Township: 2.8442 (2.9394).
Valparaiso-Washington: 2.8403 (2.8543).
Township: 2.6433 (2.7118).
* Ogden Dunes:
* Kouts (Pleasant
Twp.): 2.0915 (2.2270).
* Union Township:
Township: 1.6634 (1.6936).
* Center Township:
* Porter Township:
Township: 1.6192 (1.6787).
* Morgan Township:
Township-West Porter Fire: 1.5562 (1.7302).