Porter County Council
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | The debate over the starting date of the tax abatement at Porter Regional Hospital became even muddier Tuesday as a result of a smaller, medical office building at the site not owned by the hospital.
VALPARAISO | Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski was called a trailblazer this past week for reducing staff and seeking longer office hours in the wake of a call from the County Council for department heads to reduce spending to ease the county's growing financial problems.
VALPARAISO | Porter Regional Hospital reported Thursday night it has exceeded the employment and investment expectations for the 10-year tax abatement granted by the county.
The overpayment of a Porter County maintenance employee, to the tune of nearly $17,000, has prompted a lot of finger-pointing among county officials wondering how this happened and how it went undetected so long.
VALPARAISO | Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder said the county has spent nearly $100,000 since he took office three years ago to respond to tax assessment appeals filed by Porter Regional Hospital.
VALPARAISO | Porter County's attempt to collect nearly $17,000 in over paid salary from one of its employees was met with talk of potential litigation.
VALPARAISO | A maintenance employee at the Porter County Expo Center and Sheriff's Department received nearly 50 percent more pay in 2013 than he was supposed to, yet the error did not come to light until the year's end.
Growing up, did you ever call your parents mean or heartless for buying you off-brand shoes or jeans instead of a pair of Nikes and Levi's?
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.
CENTER TOWNSHIP | For the first time in 33 years, Center Township will have a new trustee.
VALPARAISO | A Republican primary race has shaped up for the 1st District seat on the Porter County Council.
For most people slogging along an economic landscape wrought with tar pits, a healthy cash windfall would be welcomed with cheers, not apprehension.
VALPARAISO | Porter County officials had to juggle their busy calendars, but were able to agree to meet March 12 to discuss how to invest the $159 million in proceeds from the sale of Porter hospital.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council began its year Tuesday with grim news. Its budget is short by more than $5 million this year and could be in the red by as much as $8 million next year if no action is taken.
VALPARAISO | Porter County Councilwoman Karen Conover, R-3rd, announced her intention Monday to seek re-election.
A new year brings new opportunities for Porter County government to get our budget challenges under control — if the County Council will act.
A court hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday on the legality of the Porter County Board of Commissioners last-minute redrawing of the County Council districts.
The extreme winter weather derailed a court hearing Tuesday on the legality of the Porter County Board of Commissioners last-minute redrawing of the County Council districts.
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