Indiana Department Of Local Government Finance
The most imaginative, the most commendable policymaking often begins with: "What if?"
When Detroit filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, it called up recent memories of Gary going before the Distressed Unit Appeals Board year after year.
The legal tussle over a property tax appraisal for Porter Regional Hospital pits the hospital officials against Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder. It shouldn't have to be that way, however.
CROWN POINT | A consolidated E-911 system won't be a toll free call for Lake County taxpayers.
GARY | The multimillion-dollar budget for the Calumet Township trustee has been a fat target for critics from Griffith Town Hall to the statehouse in Indianapolis.
CROWN POINT | Lake County Council members said they are prepared to take a final vote Tuesday on borrowing $15.5 million next year to meet anticipated spending on the county jail, its roads and drainage waterways, and other services.
CROWN POINT | Lake County officials want to assure the public that county government can handle its debt — even though it already owes creditors more than $100 million and is about to borrow more.
CROWN POINT | Lake County Auditor Peggy Katona said new homeowners who haven't yet filed for their homestead credits don't need to panic about getting their paperwork into her office this week.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council made its review of about 60 government budgets for 2012 relatively quick and easy.
CROWN POINT | Lake County's budget expert cautions local cities, towns, townships and other local government units to get serious about cutting spending -- or have austerity forced on them.
CROWN POINT | Lake Central School Corp. officials received a tongue-lashing Tuesday along with approval for the new wording of a $160 million construction referendum.
CROWN POINT | Lake County Assessor Hank Adams said this week his goal is to have this year's tax bills ready by June.
Nothing says as much about Indiana's crazy property tax assessment process as former Calumet Township Assessor appealing the assessment on his own home -- when the work was done by his own employees.
INDIANAPOLIS | The state has managed to get Porter County back on track for a second year in a row of on-time tax bills.
VALPARAISO | Newly elected Republican Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder said he made the surprising discovery recently of nearly 300 permits involving commercial building projects that have never been assessed and added to the tax rolls.
Lake and Porter counties have new assessors facing the same old challenges. They must be up to the difficult task of getting each county's finances back on track.
VALPARAISO | Lake and Porter counties are ahead of schedule in inspecting each property as part of the current general reassessment work that takes place every five years.
CROWN POINT | Lake County property owners formed lines this week to file paperwork for new tax appeals and exemptions before upcoming deadlines.
VALPARAISO | While Porter County is about a month late in preparing next year's tax bills, the state believes it can make up the time necessary to allow for a second year of on-time billing in 2011.
VALPARAISO | Porter County Assessor John Scott's objections to the state lowering the assessed value of the ArcelorMittal plant in Burns Harbor was reignited this week when he learned state officials were gaining access to the county's computer system.
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