This is in response to your Sept. 18 editorial regarding the Lake County Council, "Lake County Blowing Through Surplus."
VALPARAISO | For the first time since Porter County instituted a fee for recycling, businesses will have to pay along with residents beginning in January.
CROWN POINT | Budget makers for county government started work Thursday with a $10 million surplus and almost as many suggestions of how to spend it.
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.
I recently processed a bill for leased copier equipment and noticed that in addition to monthly sales tax charged on the invoice, there was a charge for annual tangible personal property tax with an additional charge for sales tax on the property tax.
Lake County is right to take legal action against Gary School Board member Marion Williams, who owes more than $566,000 in back taxes and penalties.
The June 19 edition of the Roundtable discusses the problem of delinquent property taxes in Gary; E-911 consolidation in the region; and the Indiana Secretary of State's trying to clean up voter rolls.
Senate Bill 1 creates a commission on business personal property and business taxation, which will include legislators, appointees of the governor and business and local government representatives, among others.
The Indiana General Assembly this year approved some important business tax cuts, which will have significant impact on economic progress, the quality of life and other daily Hoosier concerns.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council has left a message with E-911 -- no new taxes.
Lake County residents have never had to look up the county tax schedule for Indiana residents or write anything on Line 9 of their state income returns.
INDIANAPOLIS | When the Indiana General Assembly convened 10 weeks ago, no one expected region lawmakers would return with $4 million to help the local match to obtain federal funds for the South Shore Line extension to Dyer.
INDIANAPOLIS | A House committee agreed Monday the South Shore Line expansion project should receive the $4 million a year expected to be saved by closing a Lake County tax loophole -- even as the underlying legislation veered dangerously off-track.
HEBRON | Given approval earlier Tuesday by the Porter County Election Board, the Hebron School Board voted Tuesday night to put a referendum on the May 6 primary ballot.
INDIANAPOLIS | Nine Northwest Indiana Democratic state lawmakers decided Tuesday they will fight to return the $4 million expected to be saved by closing a Lake County tax loophole to the county and the three casino cities that generate the revenue.
If you're worried about footing the bill for eliminating the personal property tax for businesses, your misery has company.
PORTAGE | Concerned he might not be able to drive on the snow-covered streets but wanting to hear what his legislators had to say, Jerald Balta hiked the 2 miles from his home to Portage City Hall Saturday.
PORTAGE | Both city and Portage Township Schools officials are sending a message to Gov. Mike Pence about his proposal to eliminate the business personal property tax.
PORTAGE | City officials learned this week the state Department of Local Government Finance has granted the city its excess levy appeal.
What Hoosiers demand from their government is a frank and honest assessment of problems, some common-sense solutions and a credible effort to make their lives better.
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