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 $100 of assessed
valuation, the maximum the state allows.
The Council passed
the ordinance on first reading at its meeting Tuesday, setting the hearing
for next month.
Greg Stinson clarified that the rate is not going to increase by four cents
but more like eight tenths of a cent ($.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.
approved on second reading and adopted several ordinances to create funds
for the State’s Community Crossing matching grant for road improvements.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The Council gave
permission to the Duneland Flyers baseball teams to use the field at
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,
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.
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.
funds will allow the Town to purchase new posts with replacement signs
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.