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Calumet property values beset by 'carpet-baggers'

Calumet Township Assessor Jacquelyn Y. Collins said Gary's misfortunes have attracted real estate speculators who she said are attempting to manipulate property values for their own gain and, as a result, are wreaking havoc with assessing property values for the purpose of taxation.

October 08, 2014 6:35 pm

Griffith schools seek $24.8 million budget for 2015

GRIFFITH | The Griffith School Board is looking at a $24,801,191 operating budget for 2015.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo schools seek $61.2 million budget in 2015

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Schools employees will get a 1.5 percent raise if the School Board's 2015 budget is approved as presented to the state.

August 21, 2014 9:00 pm

Separate Lake E-911 center not lawmakers' intent

INDIANAPOLIS | The plan by Schererville, St. John and Cedar Lake to opt out of Lake County's E-911 network by establishing their own emergency dispatch center is not what state lawmakers had in mind when they authorized two Public Safety Answering Points, or PSAP, per county.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am

Legislature wraps session with busy final day

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana General Assembly adjourned for the year late Thursday night, ending a 10-week session dominated initially by the marriage amendment, but concluding with proposals to significantly improve the state's roads, preschool education, criminal code and other matters.

March 13, 2014 9:00 pm

Hebron schools give referendum another spin

HEBRON | Given approval earlier Tuesday by the Porter County Election Board, the Hebron School Board voted Tuesday night to put a referendum on the May 6 primary ballot.

February 18, 2014 9:00 pm
Tax Court nixes time limit on property tax error claims

Tax Court nixes time limit on property tax error claims

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers who believe they overpaid their property taxes or were improperly denied a tax credit -- in any year since 2000 -- now can ask their county auditor to correct the error.

December 30, 2013 12:30 pm Related

Hebron council opposes Pence's tax cut plan

HEBRON | Already hard hit by the property tax caps, the Town Council approved a resolution Wednesday opposing Gov. Michael Pence's proposal to eliminate the personal property tax on businesses.

December 18, 2013 9:03 pm

'Impossible' to cut Calumet Twp. tax rate, official says

INDIANAPOLIS | A Calumet Township official told a legislative panel Tuesday it is "impossible" for the township to reduce its tax rate enough to avoid new state sanctions.

December 03, 2013 6:24 pm

Valpo approves Aldi, Pratt annexations

VALPARAISO | The first council district added a lot of territory and potential property tax value but not a lot of population on Monday.

October 29, 2013 2:27 pm

Valpo approves 3 percent raises for employees

VALPARAISO | Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Swihart is the only elected official who will receive a pay increase in 2014 under the salary ordinance approved by the City Council.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Budget review equals toothless man gumming tough steak

MARC CHASE: Budget review equals toothless man gumming tough steak

Lake County government — including most of its municipalities — is an absolute master at inventing excessive layers of bureaucracy, furthering inefficiencies and encouraging gridlock by way of foot dragging.

October 10, 2013 12:05 am

Valpo, city schools budget introduced Monday

VALPARAISO | Public hearings on budgets for governmental units don't usually inspire comments from the public. On Oct. 14, Valparaiso residents will have twice as much not inspire them.

September 25, 2013 4:45 pm

Valpo parks budget begnning to look better

VALPARAISO | The city's Park Board approved a 2014 budget Tuesday that included 3 percent raises for all employees.

August 29, 2013 6:00 pm

Hebron cuts budget, gets new utility billing system

HEBRON | The Town Council voted to downgrade its 2013 budget and upgrade its billing system Tuesday.

July 17, 2013 4:52 pm

Plan to postpone LaPorte County spring property tax bill headed to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | All that stands between LaPorte County property owners and one less tax bill this year is the signature of Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

March 28, 2013 3:07 pm Related

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Valpo, Center Twp. try to create fire territory again

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.

March 26, 2013 5:30 pm

Plenty of hearings but nobody speaking in Valpo

VALPARAISO | The City Council held five public hearings on different issues, most involving spending tax money, at Monday's meeting without garnering any public comments.

February 25, 2013 9:15 pm

House votes 97-0 for LaPorte tax bill breather

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House agreed Monday that LaPorte County property owners deserve to get one less tax bill this year after paying four years' worth over the past few months.

February 18, 2013 5:30 pm Related

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Tax cut for farmers is first legislation going to Pence

INDIANAPOLIS | A temporary property tax cut for Hoosier farmers is the first measure to win approval by both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly this year.

February 18, 2013 5:15 pm Related

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