CROWN POINT | Lake County government budget-makers are at least $3.5 million away from their goal of a balanced 2014 budget.
CROWN POINT | This year, Lake County's budget-makers will have to struggle with prosperity.
CROWN POINT | It was make-a-wish day at the Lake County Council.
It's not apparent through newsprint, but I have a sort of social shortcoming — vice, if you will — when folks say or do things I find outrageous or with which I vehemently disagree.
SCHERERVILLE | City and town clerks were told Friday to prepare for a $45.3 million windfall of local income tax revenues next year.
CROWN POINT | Lake County could be on the receiving end of an $18 million tax windfall next year.
CROWN POINT | Austerity fell like a ton of bricks Thursday morning on Lake County officials as they contemplated running county government without a county income tax.
CROWN POINT | Lake County officials insist a local income tax scheduled for a vote Monday would bring property tax relief — but not to all and not a dollar-for-dollar reduction.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council put the E-911 merger on hold Tuesday until its staffs can estimate how much a unified emergency communications system would cost the county and where to find the money.
CROWN POINT | Lake County officials are set to vote Tuesday on taking over the town of Lowell's emergency fire and police communications network.
CROWN POINT | To keep county government and all its services running next year, the Lake County Council approved the sale of millions of dollars in bonds during a marathon meeting Tuesday.
CROWN POINT | Lake officials will begin writing procedures on how to spend the $15 million they will borrow next year as carefully and transparently as possible.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council balked Tuesday at closing county parks, but voted to sacrifice $5.7 million in future highway bridge and flood control work and liability insurance coverage to begin balancing its 2013 budget.
CROWN POINT | A committee of Lake County Council members is recommending budget cuts and borrowing, but no local income tax.
CROWN POINT | Lake County officials aren't fighting to be first in line to either borrow or impose a new tax to balance county government's 2013 budget.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council's vote Monday on a 2013 county government budget was more an act of optimism than a hard-headed spending plan.
CROWN POINT | Lake County Council members are leaning on town and city officials to help with a looming $20 million deficit.
CROWN POINT | Lake County officials might need a $20 million loan to meet their ever-rising spending plans.
CROWN POINT | Members of the Lake County Council will have seven weeks to brainstorm a $15 million solution to a 2013 budget, which promises to be unbalanced by too little revenue and too many spending demands.
The Lake County Council could use some serious financial counseling. The council is considering a loan to cover an anticipated $15 million hole in its budget next year.
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