The Porter Town
Council approved the issuance of a general obligation (GO) bond for $830,000
at its meeting last night.
The funds from the
bond will go toward the purchase of a new fire engine, new park equipment,
and various smaller capital improvement projects to improve infrastructure
Eric Walsh, of
Umbaugh, reported the Town will repay the bond in annual installments of
$90,317 over 10 years. A property tax rate increase of .0397 will go toward
Walsh said Porter
homeowners with an assessed valuation of $100,000 will see a property tax
increase of about $13 a year during repayment, which is the same amount they
saw during repayment for the new police building, which ended in 2017.
“We’re replacing that tax rate that rolled off about a year ago with this
tax rate,” he said. “Two years ago, they were paying that $13 anyway.”
The impact of the
increase for commercial properties is about $40 a year, Walsh said.
Walsh said he will
price the bond for the Town to lock in the lowest interest rate on Oct. 30
and expects the sale to close in mid-November. The proceeds of the bond will
be available for spending two weeks from closing.
Council member Greg
Stinson said the bond is meant to better quality of life and ensure safety
for Porter residents. “We don’t want to raise anyone’s taxes, but we also
know we have a fire engine out of service, and we obviously have work that
needs to be done on a number of locations,” he said.
approved on first reading an ordinance approving the issuance and sale of
the GO bond. Member Brian Finley motioned to suspend the rules, and the
ordinance was also approved on second reading last night. The Council then
conducted a first reading of an ordinance appropriating the funds from the
GO bonds to go toward the projects mentioned. A second reading will be
conducted at the next meeting, Oct. 9.
Police Chief Jamie
Spanier asked permission to get quotes for two new police vehicles and
change the time of year the Porter PD usually gets the quotes. Spanier
proposed that from now on, quotes for new vehicles will be presented to the
Council in mid-October for vehicles that the PPD will get the following
year. Spanier said the reason is that most Indiana police departments get
quotes for new vehicles and get the vehicles outfitted in the same
three-month period, and he’d like to get ahead of that. The Council agreed.
Supervisor Brenda Brueckheimer reported that leaf pick-up hasn’t yet
started, but residents can bag leaves and put them out for regular
collection in the meantime. Also, she added seven items to the list of
surplus items that will be available at the joint town auction with
Chesterton on Oct. 17. The items are: a 1989 John Deere 1050 with bush hog,
a Guardian 12-volt generator, a 2-Each Shop Vac wet vac, an 18-inch 40 CC
Makita chainsaw, a 39 CC McCulloch chainsaw, a 2000 Airlessco paint sprayer,
and a Craftsman edger.
Brian Bugajski received approval to add three certificates for free use of
park facilities to the silent auction at Perfect Pint, which is coming up on
Oct. 6. The certificates are for free use of the community center, a park
shelter, and Millennium Gazebo. Buajski reminded residents to get tickets
for Perfect Pint, as they are going fast.
Commissioner Michael Barry reported that Porter will put in its application
for 2019 Community Crossing paving grants Wednesday.
Jennifer Klug made a reminder that the laws surrounding campaign signs
changed last year. Citizens can now post political signs on their property
60 days ahead of an election rather than 30 days. Klug said she brought it
up because a lot of people may not be aware of the recent change.
Erik Wagner announced that Jeannine Virtue has resigned from her seat on the
Redevelopment Commission. He asked that any residents interested in filling
her seat put in an application by Oct. 9.