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Porter County Board Of Commissioners

County seeks review of health insurance plan

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to pay up to $5,000 to have a Chesterton-based firm review the county employee health insurance plan and propose cost cutting options.

August 19, 2014 3:21 pm

County takes next step toward new storm water fee

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners gave final approval Tuesday for the creation of a storm water management board, which is a preliminary step toward enacting a new fee on most residents of the unincorporated areas to fund drainage improvement work.

August 19, 2014 2:51 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Porter County doesn't need another tax

GUEST COMMENTARY: Porter County doesn't need another tax

Recently, the Porter County Board of Commissioners announced they intend to increase the Cumulative Capital Development tax rate. They have also just announced they intend to form a county drainage board with the primary objective of instituting a new tax to address various needed storm wate…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Commissioners want to burden public, not workers

DOUG ROSS: Commissioners want to burden public, not workers

If this were Porter County's version of "Sesame Street," I'd be singing, "One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just isn't the same."

August 10, 2014 12:00 am

Porter County moving toward new storm water fee

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners took the first step Tuesday in enacting a new fee on most residents of the unincorporated areas to address storm water concerns.

August 05, 2014 7:30 pm

County may tap hospital sale money to cover $3.6M insurance shortfall

VALPARAISO | When most members of the Porter County Council approved this year's budget with employee raises and new jailers, they did so knowing they would have to come back and address a shortfall of millions for employee health insurance.

August 05, 2014 4:30 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Tiny tax increase might not boost tax bill

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tiny tax increase might not boost tax bill

I know it is an election year and some officeholders are trying to score political points with the voters. But doing so with scare tactics does nothing but hurt Porter County's efforts to come together to solve our budget challenges.

July 24, 2014 12:00 am

Joint commissioner council meeting hears advice on hospital proceeds

VALPARAISO | Porter County Board of Commissioners and the County Council met during a joint session Monday to hear from attorney Brian Burdick to gain insight on how to best deal with the $160 million in proceeds from the sale of Porter Hospital.

July 21, 2014 9:00 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

County government at odds over proposed tax increase

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners is seeking to raise to the maximum level one of the tax rates used to fund county government.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am

Commissioners support new foundation idea for hospital proceeds

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted in favor to support an effort by the County Council to form a new foundation to handle at least part of the $159 million in proceeds from the 2007 sale of the former county hospital.

July 01, 2014 3:55 pm
Adult education returning to Porter County Jail

Adult education returning to Porter County Jail

VALPARAISO | Porter County Jail inmates without a high school diploma are receiving a second shot at education under a program that's been brought back.

May 20, 2014 6:00 pm
Commissioner campaign flyer called untrue

Commissioner campaign flyer called untrue

VALPARAISO | Porter County Commissioner candidate Jeff Good is crying foul over a campaign flyer by incumbent Nancy Adams in which she claims to have helped eliminate the county's multimillion dollar budget deficit without raising taxes.

May 02, 2014 11:50 am Photos

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Three Republicans vie for commissioner seat

Three Republicans vie for commissioner seat

VALPARAISO | There is a three-way Republican primary race underway for the Center District seat on the Porter County Board of Commissioners.

April 26, 2014 2:13 pm Photos

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Porter County asked to contribute to high-speed rail project

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners are considering a request to contribute $20,000 toward the first phase of a high-speed passenger train service between Chicago and Columbus, Ohio.

April 15, 2014 7:51 pm
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
County joins Shared Ethics Advisory Commission

County joins Shared Ethics Advisory Commission

VALPARAISO | In the shadow of a growing FBI investigation and increasingly hostile atmosphere among elected officials, Porter County Commissioner Laura Blaney, D-South, said she felt the time was right for the county to join the regional Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.

March 19, 2014 11:30 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
GUEST COMMENTARY: County workers shouldn't be political pawns

GUEST COMMENTARY: County workers shouldn't be political pawns

After a few days out of town, I spent a few hours reviewing recent news articles and editorials. I find it necessary to spend a few minutes to address the continuing assault on our county employees by some individuals for no other reason than to score political points as they face re-election.

March 07, 2014 1:00 am

Porter County Parks and Recreation Board position open

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners' office has a board position on the Parks and Recreation Board that needs to be filled in March.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am
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