VALPARAISO | Portage Mayor James Snyder, a Republican, turned in his year-end campaign finance report Thursday, more than a month and a half beyond the deadline and on the same day the Democrat Party chair called for action on the delinquency.
Snyder reported income of $117,530 and had a balance left of $50,615 for 2012, which was a non-election year and his first year in office.
When asked about the late filing Thursday afternoon, Snyder said, "It's been an extremely busy year. It's still not an excuse to be late."
He pointed out he also filed a document changing campaign treasurers and wanted to make sure the report was accurate.
The report had not been turned in by the time of an early Thursday afternoon meeting of the Porter County Election Board, whose members discussed the late document.
Members were presented with a letter from Porter County Democratic Chairman Jeffrey Chidester, who said it was his understanding Snyder's report had not been filed by the deadline of noon Jan. 16.
He asked the election board "to take the appropriate action necessary."
"If any present or future candidates of either political party know that no reprizeals (sic) or repercussions will happen to them for late filing then the public, the political parties, or their opponents will be in the dark concerning who is financing campaigns," Chidester wrote.
"For the record this is not a political witch hunt, this is just what it is at face value ... Transparency!" he wrote.
Sundae Schoon, the Republican director at the county voter registration office, said other than a few reports coming in a few weeks late, the only other finance report that did not arrive until this week was from Ralph Levi, who made a failed bid as a Republican candidate for sheriff in 2010.
The election board did not act on Chidester's request after being told by Schoon that she expected to receive a report from Snyder by the end of the day Thursday.
Snyder said of the large amount of money raised in 2012 that he intends to double the amount this year in preparation for his bid for re-election in 2015.
In other business Thursday, it was announced to the election board that early voting begins April 8 on the referendums for proposed property tax increases for the Metropolitan School District of Boone Township and the Union Township School Corp.
The same day is the deadline to register to vote for the special May 7 election, which is being financed by the school corporations, said Kathy Kozuszek, the Democratic director at the county voter registration office.
Early voting will be offered at the county administration center in Valparaiso from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays April 27 and May 4.