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Porter County Auditor

Hospital, taxpayers have lot at stake in property value fight

VALPARAISO | It does not take a lot of number crunching to understand why Porter Regional Hospital is putting up such a fight to lower the assessed value of its new facility, while attempting to keep 10 years of tax breaks from flat lining.

June 14, 2014 5:00 pm

EDITORIAL: Cut Porter's budget, but be judicious

Porter County government department heads are being told to cut their 2015 budgets by 10 percent. That looks good for the politicians, but it doesn't address the fact that some government functions are already more lean than others, nor that some are more vital than others.

June 04, 2014 12:00 am

FBI visits Porter County auditor's office

VALPARAISO | FBI agents made yet another visit to Porter County government offices, stopping Tuesday at the auditor's office.

April 08, 2014 2:46 pm

Porter County officials at odds over employee move

VALPARAISO | A decision earlier this week by the Porter County Board of Commissioners to move a data department out of the auditor's office has triggered a dispute over who has control over those employees.

March 20, 2014 3:45 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Pandering to workers doesn't help taxpayers

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pandering to workers doesn't help taxpayers

I was surprised by Porter County Commissioner John Evans’ assertion that running Porter County Government efficiently is somehow unfair — or worse, inconsiderate of our county employees.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Let department heads manage staffs

The Porter County Council, which called on department heads to cut their budgets, now is dragging its feet on Auditor Bob Wichlinski's plan to address pay disparities among cross-trained employees.

March 10, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Budget cuts should lead to restructuring

Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski eliminated one-fourth of his staff to meet his office's share of the burden for getting the county's budget balanced. That's a severe cut.

February 11, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Stop squabbling over hospital tax break

Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski is right to act on the property tax abatement for Porter Regional Hospital, applying the tax break to the first full assessment of the new hospital's cost.

November 14, 2013 12:00 am

Valpo cautiously optimistic about TIF revenue

VALPARAISO | The expected revenue from Valparaiso's tax increment financing districts is going to be more than last year, but city officials are trying not to be too optimistic about the total.

August 11, 2013 6:45 pm
Legislature meets into the night to complete its work

Legislature meets into the night to complete its work

INDIANAPOLIS | Following four months of proposing, reviewing, bargaining, deal-making and voting, state lawmakers settled on final versions of legislation Friday for most of the remaining issues of the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

April 26, 2013 11:00 pm Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Accountability must apply to TQM funds, too

GUEST COMMENTARY: Accountability must apply to TQM funds, too

The Porter County Council did not shut down county Auditor Bob Wichlinski’s total quality management program as reported. A majority of councilmen are asking for accountability from the auditor for future expenditures. The minutes of the March 11 meeting reflect the same.

April 03, 2013 12:00 am

House panel OKs plan to strip funds from Porter Co. auditor

INDIANAPOLIS | Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski would lose access to nearly all the money generated by his crackdown on homestead tax credit abusers under legislation approved by a House committee Thursday.

March 28, 2013 1:47 pm

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

EDITORIAL: A pilot program for a satellite office

For decades, Portage officials have expressed a desire for more accessible county services. Now Porter County has a chance to see whether offering those services is a smart investment.

March 08, 2013 2:25 pm
Porter County commissioners asked to broadcast meetings

Porter County commissioners asked to broadcast meetings

VALPARAISO | A proposal has been on the table for the past year to install cameras in the main meeting room at the county administration center.

November 12, 2012 6:00 pm

County auditor planning big boost in OT in 2013

VALPARAISO | In the wake of a heated debate over the lack of pay raises for Porter County employees next year, County Auditor Bob Wichlinski is attracting attention with his plan to significantly increase overtime pay in his 2013 budget.

October 25, 2012 9:15 pm

Officials eye $1.6 million from homestead violations

VALPARAISO | Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski has collected nearly $1.6 million since last year from taxpayers improperly receiving a homestead deduction.

September 15, 2012 7:30 pm
Porter County financial reports now available online

Porter County financial reports now available online

VALPARAISO | Want to know the top 100 taxpayers in each of the county's taxing districts?

June 25, 2012 9:00 pm

EDITORIAL: Lake, Porter working on Government 2.0

While political storms swirl in Lake and Porter counties, some government officials are doing good work in the trenches. They deserve recognition for their efforts.

March 12, 2012 12:00 am

Task Force Tips forgiven for tardy abatement filing

VALPARAISO | The City Council was willing to forgive Task Force Tips for failing to file its abatement paperwork with the Porter County auditor's office on time, but the company will pay a big price for its error next year.

November 28, 2011 4:53 pm
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