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Porter County treasurer resigning

Porter County treasurer resigning

VALPARAISO | Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko is bringing nearly two decades of service to county government to an early end, in part, because remaining in office would mean an 11 percent reduction in his public pension payout.

July 14, 2014 2:10 pm
EDITORIAL: Keep hospital proceeds in public eye

EDITORIAL: Keep hospital proceeds in public eye

Even as Porter County officials approach a decision on how to invest their nest egg, they are leaving unanswered many key questions.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: After winning jackpot, how to invest it?

DOUG ROSS: After winning jackpot, how to invest it?

If you had won Tuesday's $400 million Mega Millions jackpot, how long would it take you to decide what to do with that money? I'm guessing it would take you a lot less time than for Porter County officials to reach a decision on the $140 million jackpot they received when they sold Porter Ho…

March 21, 2014 12:00 am Video

PHIL WIELAND: Coming soon to Valpo: $200M rumor mill

The announcement that Valpo is close to inking a deal with a company that plans to invest more than $200 million to locate in the city has raised a lot of questions starting with "How do I get some of that?"

September 13, 2013 12:00 am
Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, April 11, 2013

Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, April 11, 2013

Northwest Indiana radio came alive on Friday night in Valparaiso with a star-studded cast including Senator Ed Charbonneau as Superman, Heather McCarthy and Leigh Morris and Saturday afternoon John Records Landecker broadcasting from Top Dog in Michigan City.---Pat Colander, Associate Publis…

April 10, 2013 9:00 am

EDITORIAL: Porter County should reinstate TQM program

In shutting down the total quality management program last week, the Porter County Council put the county back in the Dark Ages.

March 18, 2013 12:00 am

Portage seeks to reset capital development tax rate

PORTAGE | The City Council will consider resetting the tax rate for the cumulative capital development fund.

February 09, 2013 7:00 pm
Porter County Democrats sworn in

Porter County Democrats sworn in

Porter County Surveyor Kevin D. Breitzke, center, speaks with county Treasurer Mike Bucko, left, on Saturday before being sworn in to office at the Porter County Courthouse in Valparaiso.

December 22, 2012 11:08 am
Porter County Democrats sworn in

Porter County Democrats sworn in

Democrat Mike Bucko, center, is sworn in as county treasurer by Judge David L. Chidester as Bucko's wife, Carolyn, stands near on Saturday.

December 22, 2012 11:08 am
PHIL WIELAND: Putting the X into Christmas carols

PHIL WIELAND: Putting the X into Christmas carols

Christmas carols can help your holiday mood, unless your office Muzak station just played "Feliz Navidad" for the 912th time in the past two hours. In that case, I understand if you are looking forward to reindeer steaks on Christmas Day.

November 30, 2012 12:00 am

Lake County Council prepares to apply for $15.5 million loan

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.

November 08, 2012 7:45 pm

Lake County officials say they are credit worthy

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.

October 22, 2012 6:15 pm

MARK KIESLING: Fences may make good neighbors but loans don't

Let's say for the sake of argument that I make $100,000 a year at my job.

October 19, 2012 12:00 am

Porter County already loaning to Lake taxing units

VALPARAISO | Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko said Thursday the proposed loan of up to $15.5 million to neighboring Lake County is just the latest in what is shaping up to be a profitable investment move.

October 18, 2012 7:00 pm

Lake County may borrow $15.5M from Porter County

CROWN POINT | Lake County government soon may be indebted to Porter County, literally.

October 17, 2012 6:30 pm

Hospital opening frees up $160 million for county

VALPARAISO | Five years after the sale of the county hospital, members of the Porter County Board of Commissioners and Council gained access Saturday to the $160 million in sale proceeds.

August 28, 2012 12:00 am
Porter County offering payment plan for delinquent taxpayers

Porter County offering payment plan for delinquent taxpayers

VALPARAISO | Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko is taking advantage of a recent change in state law that he helped implement that allows property owners to set up a payment plan and avoid the upcoming tax sale.

August 08, 2012 9:00 pm
PHIL WIELAND: Bank pays wrong taxes once, demands twice back

PHIL WIELAND: Bank pays wrong taxes once, demands twice back

Make no mistake. Bank of America Corp. doesn't make mistakes like the mistake it made with Valparaiso Councilman John Bowker's property taxes.

June 15, 2012 12:00 am
Lake treasurer says amnesty program is the tax deal of a lifetime

Lake treasurer says amnesty program is the tax deal of a lifetime

CROWN POINT | Lake County Treasurer John Petalas said thousands of home and business owners can banish millions of dollars of tax penalties and late interest payments under an upcoming amnesty program. They need to follow two simple rules.

June 02, 2012 7:45 pm Photos

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May 06, 2012 12:00 am
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