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In response to Bill Waltz's July 30 contention about "fair share" in property taxes: Attempting to state an equivalence in tax standing between homeowners and owners of business enterprises amounts to equating walnuts with oranges. 

August 12, 2014 12:00 am
Another Indiana congressman warns of immigrant Ebola risk

Another Indiana congressman warns of immigrant Ebola risk

INDIANAPOLIS | A Hoosier congressman who aspires to a House leadership post is perpetuating the unsubstantiated claim by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indianapolis, that Central American children immigrating to the United States might be carrying the Ebola virus.

August 11, 2014 1:55 pm Related

Will airport benefits outweigh property tax losses?

BEECHER | It has become a talking point for opponents of a new Chicago-area airport being built in rural Will County — the local school district will lose part of its property tax base.

August 09, 2014 10:00 pm
Indiana Congressman says immigrant kids might have Ebola

Indiana Congressman says immigrant kids might have Ebola

INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., suggested Monday that immigrant children from Central America could be carrying the Ebola virus that has killed some 800 people this year in West Africa.

August 04, 2014 8:00 pm Related

GUEST COMMENTARY: The truth about ‘fair share’ in property taxes

As the Legislature’s Blue Ribbon Commission looks at the state’s taxes this summer, invariably there will be talk of business needing to pay its “fair share.” That’s certainly true, but what is fair?

July 30, 2014 12:00 am

Assessor's office reps to visit properties to verify tax information

VALPARAISO | The Porter County assessor's office has issued a reminder to residents that representatives of that office have started visiting properties to verify information for accurate property tax assessment.

July 23, 2014 9:00 am

Portage's budget in 'good' shape after tax draw

PORTAGE | The city's financial situation is "good, not great" after officials received word of the spring tax draw.

June 25, 2014 6:30 pm

Assessor parcels out advice to lower taxes

CROWN POINT | Lake County Assessor Jolie A. Covaciu said she has a tip that could save some taxpayers hundreds of dollars.

June 16, 2014 7:03 pm

Crete trustee: More residents may leave for Indiana

CRETE | A Crete village trustee said, as much as he loves his home and his neighborhood, factors could make him -- and other Illinois residents -- move to Indiana.

May 13, 2014 6:00 pm

Quinn: Must reduce reliance on property tax

CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn won't say if he opposes legislation that would mean a hike in Chicago property taxes to overhaul two city pension systems, but says he wants to reduce reliance on such taxes as a revenue source.

April 03, 2014 12:28 pm

How can Bilski be so sure about 911 tax promise?

Lake County Council President Ted Bilski can promise ''no new property taxes" until he is blue in the face, but the fact is the good government boys in Indianapolis backed the Lake County taxpayers into a corner with no way out by the threat of withholding funds to Northwest Indiana local go…

March 23, 2014 12:00 am

Crown Point schools shouldn't be so stingy

Not many times in recent history have I agreed with some of our politicians, but our mayor's recent column hit the nail on the head.

March 14, 2014 12:00 am

Legislature wraps session with busy final day

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana General Assembly adjourned for the year late Thursday night, ending a 10-week session dominated initially by the marriage amendment, but concluding with proposals to significantly improve the state's roads, preschool education, criminal code and other matters.

March 13, 2014 9:00 pm

Lawmakers ignore McDermott pleas to save rental registration program

INDIANAPOLIS | Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. ran into a stone wall of indifference Wednesday before an Indiana Senate committee, as he fought to save his city's rental property registration and inspection program.

February 26, 2014 4:18 pm
Pence not telling whole story on state business tax comparisons

Pence not telling whole story on state business tax comparisons

INDIANAPOLIS | It's not often you'll hear a Hoosier governor claim Indiana's business taxes should be more like those in Illinois.

February 16, 2014 12:35 am Photos

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Consultant catches mistake that could have cost Lowell

LOWELL | An error at the county level could have undercut Lowell's assessed valuation by $40 million if it had gone undetected.

February 10, 2014 11:00 pm

Senate refuses to give money from Lake tax fix to casino cities, county

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, was unable to persuade the Senate Monday to let Gary, East Chicago, Hammond and Lake County keep a portion of their casino revenue that could be sent next year to the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

February 03, 2014 6:00 pm

Closing Lake tax loophole could net RDA $4M

INDIANAPOLIS | The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority would get a $4 million budget bump under a plan to fix an income tax break aimed at Lake County's poorest homeowners but claimed by many more.

January 30, 2014 6:30 pm
Pence plan for business tax cut would hit schools, local governments hard

Pence plan for business tax cut would hit schools, local governments hard

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana schools and local governments will lose about a sixth of their total property tax revenues if Gov. Mike Pence succeeds in eliminating the business personal property tax.

December 08, 2013 10:30 pm Photos

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IU study urges Lake officials to tighten purse strings

CROWN POINT | An Indiana University professor says better money management by Lake County's big cities would help the suburbs, too.

August 13, 2013 6:15 pm
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