Porter County Council
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VALPARAISO | An error by local election officials helped to trigger the hotly disputed rush underway by the Porter County Board of Commissioners to reconfigure four County Council districts about a month before the candidate filing process begins.
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.
PORTER COUNTY | The Porter County Council must fill a board position on the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission starting in 2014.
Porter County's 2014 budget, approved last week, fails to address a number of chronic issues facing the county.
VALPARAISO | Jeremy Rivas plans to run for a second term next year on the Porter County Council.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council approved a 2014 budget last week that exceeds incoming revenue, but the county's financial picture is even more bleak when considering the many financial challenges not even addressed.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council signed off Tuesday night on a $38.5 million general fund budget for 2014 that includes $1,000 employee pay raises and nine new jailers needed to open the third pod at that facility.
The Porter County Jail was designed to house a total of 454 inmates, which according to the 2013 county government statistical report makes our county jail the seventh largest in the state. However, this same report advises that there are 22 counties which employ more jail staff to watch ove…
VALPARAISO | A bipartisan group of Porter County officials pitched a last-minute 2014 budget proposal for employee pay raises of $1,500, while directing $10 million in saved income tax revenue and hospital sale interest money to cover a shortfall this year and balance the books next year.
For years now, Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain has pleaded for enough jailers to open the third wing, or pod, of the Porter County Jail to ease overcrowding. The Porter County Council has consistently turned a deaf ear to his pleas.
VALPARAISO | Porter County Councilman Dan Whitten, D-at large, said while no one doubts the need to open the third pod at the county jail to relieve overcrowding, he and a slim majority of his peers were not ready to give the green light Thursday night.
VALPARAISO | Porter County is operating the seventh largest jail in the state, yet 22 other counties have a larger jail staff, said Porter County Councilman Jim Biggs.
VALPARAISO | Porter County officials are going to have to rely more on local income tax revenue and the interest money generated from the sale of the county hospital to keep operations going in 2014 and beyond.
VALPARAISO | Porter County Commissioner President John Evans, R-North, last week kicked off what promises to be a challenging budgeting period by offering an olive-branch over the divide between his board and the County Council.
The Porter County Council agreed last week to spend $1.1 million in interest from the county's nest egg to fund equipment and software upgrades for the E-911 system. That's understandable.
Now that the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has added its voice in the lengthy conversation over conditions at the Porter County Jail, it's time for the Porter County Council and commissioners to finally settle on a plan to ease crowding there.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council signed off Tuesday night on a request for $1.1 million in equipment and software upgrades for E911 from the interest generated on the 2007 sale of the county hospital.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council has been presented with another request for a significant amount of the interest generated on the proceeds from the 2007 sale of the county hospital.
Porter County economic development advisers — the "jobs Cabinet" — released their report last December, but there has been no action on it.
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