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Porter sets March 28 hearing on CCD tax hike

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Residents of Porter will have the chance to speak on a proposed increase to the Town’s tax rate for its Cumulative Capital Development fund at a public hearing on March 28.

The rate will be set to a maximum not to exceed four cents ($.04) per $100 of assessed valuation, the maximum the state allows.

The Council passed the ordinance on first reading at its meeting Tuesday, setting the hearing for next month.

Council President Greg Stinson clarified that the rate is not going to increase by four cents but more like eight tenths of a cent ($.008). The Town’s current CCD rate is 3.18 cents ($.0318), which has been reduced slightly year by year. The ordinance will reset it to the maximum. CCD funds are used to purchase equipment like police vehicles.

A homeowner with an assessed value of $150,000 will see roughly a $12 increase on their property tax bill if the CCD rate is increased, Stinson said. The rate would be in effect starting with 2017 pay 2018 taxes.

The Council approved on second reading and adopted several ordinances to create funds for the State’s Community Crossing matching grant for road improvements.

Another ordinance adopted puts the Town Code in compliance with state law to compensate citizens serving on town boards and commissions. If the citizen serves on multiple boards, they will only be compensated for the one that pays the most.

Beach parking permits

Clerk-Treasurer Carol Pomeroy reminded the residents that parking permits for Porter Beach go on sale March 13 at Town Hall. In order to get the resident rate, proof of residency and vehicle registration are required. She said if someone is unable to come to Town Hall on those days, they can send a copy of their registration and driver’s license with a friend or relative for a permit.

Unclaimed bicycles available

The Council approved Police Chief Jamie Spanier’s request to allow 15 unclaimed bicycles to be available for families who want them.

Once a recovered bike has been unclaimed for a year, the Town can give them away. Spanier said the Street Department has done a good job rehabbing the bicycles.

Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said any family requesting a bike can call her department at 926-4212. Any leftover bikes will be taken to the Earth Day MS4 event for Porter County families, Brueckheimer said.

The Council also approved Spanier’s request to allow the Duneland Business Initiative Group to have its July 4 parade and another request to seek quotes on three police vehicles.

Bagged leaves

Brueckheimer said it’s still winter but she has had a lot of requests from residents to have their leaves and yard waste picked up. The department will do pick ups, Brueckheimer said, but the leaves or waste must be bagged.

Regular leaf pick up will begin this spring in a few weeks, Brueckheimer said.

Duneland Flyers

The Council gave permission to the Duneland Flyers baseball teams to use the field at Hawthorne Park.

Flyers coach and Porter resident John Kallen said the league intends to use the field for practice and in return will work on getting donations for the parks department. On behalf of the league, Kallen gave a $200 donation to help defray the costs of maintaining the field.

The Flyers hope they can have scrimmage games which will bring outside teams to Porter, Kallen said.

Assistant Fire Chief Jay Craig asked Kallen that the No Parking signs be observed in case an ambulance or a fire truck needs to have access. Kallen said he has addressed parking already with his teams.

Sign grant

In other matters, the Town will have more money to pay for new signs and posts. Director of Development Michael Barry said the match for the Highway Safety Improvement Grant will be $13,000 this year compared to $10,000 last year.

The additional funds will allow the Town to purchase new posts with replacement signs throughout town.

Stinson said this is “an unbelievable benefit to the town” and thanked the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission and its Transpiration Projects Manager Gary Evers for their help.

Barry also told the Council that an adjacent property owner is interested in purchasing the Town’s vacant one-acre parcel where the old lift station used to be at the end of Porter Ave. Town Attorney Greg Sobkowski told Barry it is fine to move forward with the process.





Posted 3/1/2017




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