Porter County Government
VALPARAISO | It looks as though Porter County government may not be doing away with its self-funded employee health insurance plan as part of ongoing efforts to ease escalating costs.
Back in 1980, I remember working for an entrepreneur who actually canned air in Gary in the 1970s. Needless to say, no one bought it.
Can you imagine paying an expert nearly $25,000 for advice and then not being able to see what that advice is? You'd be furious, right?
VALPARAISO | A Porter County Board of Commissioners plan to hire a human resources director and assistant to address concerns involving employees faces an uphill battle when county budget hearings begin this week.
VALPARAISO | Participating Porter County government employees have stashed away 2,164 sick days as of Friday that they are eligible to draw from once they have used all their other paid-time-off, according to figures requested from the auditor's office.
Chesterton is the first Porter County municipality to join the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission. Others should quickly follow suit.
PORTAGE | Sales at the Walgreens on U.S. 6 and Willowcreek Road have continually declined to the point the store may have to close.
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.
VALPARAISO | FBI agents downloaded computer information Monday as part of their ongoing investigation into county government.
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.
VALPARAISO | The FBI has resumed its investigation into Porter County government, this time targeting records involving the construction of Porter Regional Hospital.
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.
For most people slogging along an economic landscape wrought with tar pits, a healthy cash windfall would be welcomed with cheers, not apprehension.
A new year brings new opportunities for Porter County government to get our budget challenges under control — if the County Council will act.
If the much-ballyhooed Porter County Jobs Cabinet report had a soundtrack, it most likely would include "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas. Just change the lyrics to "Dust on the Shelf."
VALPARAISO | Porter County government employees will receive 14 paid holidays next year, including days off for the primary and general elections.
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.
VALPARAISO | Porter County government is looking to go live July 3 with a new website designed for the average person, who is uncertain where to find help with needs ranging from a marriage license to zoning questions.
While Porter County officials blamed rising fuel prices for the need to come up with an additional $250,000 last year, the larger communities in the county were able to live within their budgets.
The financial straits facing local government are paying off, in some cases, by driving innovation and bringing about greater efficiency. Porter County is one of those places.
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