INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to eliminate the business personal property tax has received a frosty reception from the top elected officials in LaPorte County.
At least five people should be giving extra thanks during their Thanksgiving dinners for newly approved, lucrative Lake County government contracts that further carve into taxpayers' wallets.
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.
VALPARAISO | The city will feel the first impact of the new fire protection territory next month when, in addition to borrowing to pay the bills for the general operating expenses of the government, it also has to borrow to pay the bills for the fire territory.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County treasurer's office will be open Monday and have extended hours Tuesday, the final day property taxes can be paid on time.
The most imaginative, the most commendable policymaking often begins with: "What if?"
VALPARAISO | The first council district added a lot of territory and potential property tax value but not a lot of population on Monday.
We've got most of the property tax numbers for 2013 now. Let's look at what happened to homeowner tax bills.
VALPARAISO | To pave the way for about $312 million in development, Valparaiso's Redevelopment Commission started the process to expand its tax increment financing districts Wednesday.
VALPARAISO | The planned construction of the $260 million Pratt Industries paper recycling plant got a quick push forward Tuesday with Valparaiso's Plan Commission voting unanimously to support annexing the adjacent 34 acres needed for the project.
In November 2010, a member of the rarest of an endangered species in Lake County showed a glimmer of hope for the rest of the ultra-thin herd. A member of the Republicanis genus Conservitorus actually found an unlikely foothold in Lake County politics.
It’s that time of year again when leaves are turning color and Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder is mailing the now annual Form 11 property assessment notices. Their September arrival means our local governments can continue providing public safety and our quality of life – without having to borrow.
CROWN POINT | Lake County Assessor Hank Adams resigned Tuesday because of ill health.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council is getting out of the deficit-spending business next year, but not quick enough for its two Republican members.
CROWN POINT | Lake County residents and workers will find their wallets 1.5 percent lighter this month as the personal income tax passed earlier this year by the county council takes effect. Robert E. Dittmer, director of public relations for the Indiana Department of Revenue, confirmed Mond…
CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council gave its tentative approval to a 2014 budget that doesn't include a new pension plan for the county solid waste management district.
HEBRON | The town's 2014 budget was introduced at Tuesday's council meeting estimating an additional $30,000 in income for the general fund levy, but that wasn't the biggest change from this year.
The budgeting process continues in Lake County, and the Lake County Council is in a unique position this year to go beyond what is expected and pass a budget that includes no further borrowing.
CROWN POINT | Lake County government budget-makers are at least $3.5 million away from their goal of a balanced 2014 budget.
The Lake County Council will hear many long-winded reasons for increasing spending for various departments, but the county's primary response should include just two letters: N-O.
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