Department of Local Government Finance has issued Porter County’s 2017
budget order, which lists the approved budgets, levies, and certified tax
rates for all of the county’s taxing units.
Some highlights of
this year's budget order, according to Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik:
* Tax rates will
decrease in all but two of Porter County's 30 taxing districts. Those two:
Union Township and Portage (Westchester Township).
* The tax rate to
fund county government will drop from 0.4394 (43.94 cents) per $100 of
assessed valuation to 0.4385 (43.85 cents). This is the fourth consecutive
year in which the county government's tax rate has declined.
(Westchester Township): $2.4135 ($2.5607 in 2016).
* Porter: $2.6875
* Burns Harbor:
* Duneland School
Corporation: $0.9660 ($0.9880).
Township: $1.6462 ($1.6610).
* Liberty Township:
* Jackson Township:
* Dune Acres:
* Thirteen taxing
units--including Porter County government--qualified for an abbreviated
state review of their budgets due to the proposed property tax levies
* The budget order
continues to show that Porter County has four school systems with tax rates
exempt from the property tax caps, as approved by voters in a referendum.
The school systems with these referendum rates are Valparaiso, Duneland,
Union, and Boone Township schools.
Auditor Vicki Urbanik noted that the DLGF has through Feb. 15 of each year
to issue the budget orders throughout the state. “With the tax rates now
certified, the Porter County Auditor's Office will proceed without delay
with this year's tax bills,” she said. “In the coming weeks, our office will
prepare the tax abstract, publish the annual tax rate chart, and calculate
installment of property tax bills will be due on May 10.
To view the budget
orders, visit in.gov/dlgf and click on “County Specific Information.” The
link to the state Budget Status Map is in.gov/dlgf/files/2017_Cert_Status.pdf