Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) has issued Porter County’s
2019 budget order, containing the approved budgets, levies, and certified
tax rates for taxing units throughout the county.
Auditor Vicki Urbanik said the budget order shows that 2019 property tax
rates will increase in all but six of Porter County’s taxing districts. The
district tax rates combine the individual tax rates for each local
government unit, such as schools and municipalities.
Urbanik noted that
a higher tax rate does not always mean that an individual property tax bill
will increase. Other factors affecting property tax bills include changes in
an individual’s assessed value and property tax deductions.
Other highlights of
the budget order:
* All of the county
government’s budget totals were certified as adopted by the Porter County
Council, with the exception of the Highway Department’s budget. The decrease
is attributed mainly to a reduction in anticipated state Motor Vehicle
* The budget order
reflects a statewide change in school funds. Instead of having multiple
individual funds, most schools now have only three or four funds for debt,
education, and operations in addition to any voter-approved referendum
* Urbanik also
noted that the budget order was released earlier than in past years, due to
the fact that the DLGF must now certify most budget orders by Dec. 31
instead of the prior deadline of Feb. 15.
“The earlier budget
orders allow taxing units more time to make any necessary adjustments in
their budgets,” Urbanik said. “The approved tax rates also clear the way for
the County Auditor’s office to begin work on the 2019 property tax bills.”
The DLGF will post
the 2019 budget orders online at