VALPARAISO | A seemingly routine resolution to begin setting up a building corporation to issue bonds for financing the new public works campus barely passed after a debate at Monday's City Council meeting.
A story that appeared Wednesday in some editions of The Times incorrectly stated whose term on the Valparaiso School Board is expiring in July. The story should have said Jim Jorgensen's term is expiring.
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Community Schools district used to be the New York Yankees of the education world, and it needs a School Board appointee that can return the district to that level of excellence.
VALPARAISO | A year after the Valparaiso City Council and the Center Township Board thought they approved the creation of a fire territory, they did it again Monday.
VALPARAISO | In what seems like a case of deja vu all over again, the city on Monday held the first of the required three public hearings on forming a fire protection territory with Center Township.
VALPARAISO | It's back to square one for the city's fire department in its effort to create a fire territory.
VALPARAISO | The City Council and the Center Township Board will meet in joint session March 28 to take a final vote on creating a fire territory.
VALPARAISO | There is a $3.5 million budget shortfall in Valparaiso Community Schools, and the city has about $5.4 million in property taxes tied up in tax increment financing districts, which some residents have said could help the schools.
VALPARAISO | Somehow the city was able to make more with less in 2011.
VALPARAISO | The City Council approved a 2012 budget Monday and at the same time adopted a resolution to ask the state Department of Local Government Finance for more money.
Now that Indiana's property tax cap amendment is in effect, local governments no longer can increase taxes arbitrarily and finally will have to live within their means like ordinary residents.
VALPARAISO | The city can expect about a $1.3 million hit as a result of the state's new property tax cap law that limits property taxes it can collect.
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