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Porter County Council

Porter County hears high-speed rail pitch

VALPARAISO | A 38-minute high-speed rail commute to downtown Chicago was part of the incentive offered to encourage the Porter County Council to approve a $20,000 contribution toward the cost of an environmental impact study of a route from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
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

Porter County budget cuts challenged by court request

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council will find itself in a difficult situation Tuesday when Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford appears before them seeking an additional full-time employee.

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm

Most Porter County departments ignore order to cut 2015 budgets

VALPARAISO | Most departments throughout county government have failed to comply with a call to reduce their proposed budgets by 10 percent for next year in response to a worsening financial climate.

July 16, 2014 6:00 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

EDITORIAL: Hospital deal ends tax value sore spot

We're glad to see the feud over the value of Porter Regional Hospital settled. 

July 07, 2014 12:00 am

Porter County short of funds for employee bonuses, drug unit

VALPARAISO | Porter County's troubled financial situation has taken yet another hit with word that there is no longer enough state proceeds from riverboat gambling to cover the cost of employee bonuses and the prosecutor's drug unit.

June 29, 2014 5:00 pm

Porter hospital strikes deal with county on value of new building

VALPARAISO | The two-year battle over the taxable value of Porter Regional Hospital is over and just in time for the health care provider to walk away Tuesday night with 10 years of tax breaks that had been at risk.

June 24, 2014 8:04 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Library is great resource for Porter County

GUEST COMMENTARY: Library is great resource for Porter County

Responding to a recent guest commentary in The Times, we believe the Porter County Public Library System serves the residents well. We believe discussing the points raised with the director or board members before writing the article would have been most appropriate and beneficial to all and…

June 17, 2014 12:05 am

Porter County Libertarian running for state auditor

INDIANAPOLIS | A Porter County management consultant has been tapped to run for state auditor by the Libertarian Party of Indiana.

June 10, 2014 5:45 pm

Porter County: Hospital not in compliance with tax breaks

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council unanimously agreed Thursday night that Porter Regional Hospital is out of compliance with the requirements for 10 years of significant tax breaks.

June 05, 2014 6:45 pm

County department heads told to cut 10 percent in 2015

VALPARAISO | Porter County government's worsening financial problems have resulted in an unusual display of unity among County Council members.

May 31, 2014 10:30 pm

Porter County Council takes step toward stripping hospital's tax abatement

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council took action Wednesday on two long-debated issues involving Porter Regional Hospital, including taking the first step in possibly pulling 10 years of tax breaks.

May 28, 2014 8:30 pm

County eyeing another consultant for hospital sale proceeds

VALPARAISO | The ongoing delay in coming up with a long-term plan for investing the $159 million in proceeds from the sale of the former Porter County hospital could wind up costing taxpayers more money in consultant fees.

May 17, 2014 5:00 pm
Jessen tops Polarek for County Council seat

Jessen tops Polarek for County Council seat

As election results showed Michael Jessen mounting a bit of a lead for the District 4 Porter County Council race, County Council President Dan Whitten teased that he could start picking out furniture.

May 06, 2014 9:59 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: We endorse Biggs, Barone, Jessen

EDITORIAL: We endorse Biggs, Barone, Jessen

If you're casting a Democratic ballot in Porter County on Tuesday, these endorsements won't mean much to you. That's because the only contested races for Porter County Council are all Republican.

May 02, 2014 12:00 am Video
Two vie for Republican nod in County Council race

Two vie for Republican nod in County Council race

VALPARAISO | Duneland-area voters have a two-way race underway for the Republican nomination for the 1st District seat on the Porter County Council.

April 30, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Tax breaks caught up in dispute over value of hospital

VALPARAISO | More progress has been made over the last 30 days than over the past two years in the debate over tax breaks for the new Porter Regional Hospital, attorney Scott McClure told the Porter County Council on Tuesday night.

April 22, 2014 8:48 pm
Porter County Council -- District 1 Candidates (R)

Porter County Council -- District 1 Candidates (R)

Incumbent Jim Biggs and Kyle Yelton are the candidates (R) for Porter County Council -- District 1.

April 22, 2014 3:18 pm
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