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DOUG ROSS: Business tax break could dunk Lake taxpayers

DOUG ROSS: Business tax break could dunk Lake taxpayers

If you're worried about footing the bill for eliminating the personal property tax for businesses, your misery has company.

February 07, 2014 12:00 am Related

Portage schools, city balk at business tax elimination proposal

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.

January 18, 2014 10:30 pm
LARRY DeBOER: The assessor is coming to town

LARRY DeBOER: The assessor is coming to town

The holidays are here, and that means we get to watch the great holiday movie, "A Christmas Story." Then we get to watch it again. And again.

December 24, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Third-party contracts carve up Lake taxpayers

MARC CHASE: Third-party contracts carve up Lake taxpayers

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.

November 26, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Income tax could help fund regional needs

The most imaginative, the most commendable policymaking often begins with: "What if?"

November 03, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: County Council does about-face on fiscal sanity

MARC CHASE: County Council does about-face on fiscal sanity

One shouldn't rake others over the coals for committing acts of folly if one isn't prepared to provide some measure of praise when those criticized end up doing something right.

September 12, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Lake County must act on IU report's advice

Lake County officials got good advice last week from an Indiana University expert in public finance. Now it's time to act on it.

August 21, 2013 12:05 am
Business owners give lawmakers an earful about taxes, red tape

Business owners give lawmakers an earful about taxes, red tape

VALPARAISO | An information technology company plans to launch a cloud computing-based data service for health care providers, but the taxes on computer servers are higher in Indiana than in most surrounding states.

August 08, 2013 2:30 pm Photos

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Gary airport board wants to borrow nearly twice as much

Gary airport board wants to borrow nearly twice as much

Costs are mounting for the Gary/Chicago International Airport's expansion and initiative to lure private investors.

June 24, 2013 1:56 pm
MARC CHASE: New income tax not a license to fatten up

MARC CHASE: New income tax not a license to fatten up

Lake County officials who just thrust a 1.5 percent local option income tax on county breadwinners would have us all believe the Lake County Government Center roof would have collapsed without the adoption of the tax.

May 16, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Why my generation should oppose a Lake income tax

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why my generation should oppose a Lake income tax

While the proposed local option income tax for Lake County would affect all working residents, it's young people who should be the most upset over this issue.

April 28, 2013 12:00 am

C.P. woman starts anti-tax petition drive

CROWN POINT | A Crown Point political activist is gathering online petitions against a proposed Lake County income tax.

April 25, 2013 6:00 pm

Schools to try again to be removed from TIF district

PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools will try again to carve itself out of the city's tax increment financing district.

January 19, 2013 12:00 am
LARRY DeBOER: Looking over the fiscal cliff

LARRY DeBOER: Looking over the fiscal cliff

Economics is not an experimental science. We can't say to Congress, "Honorable ladies and gentlemen, please drastically raise taxes and cut spending all at once so we can measure the effects on the economy of changes in the federal government's budget." This is not what elected officials do.

November 24, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Green with envy over Porter County's gold

Lake County officials are talking about borrowing money from Porter County to make ends meet in its 2013 budget. Loose lips sink ships, and loose budgets sink taxpayers.

October 18, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Come to grips with Lake County's finances

Lake County government entities are seeing their budgets under increasing scrutiny amid pressure to stay under the frozen tax levy. These entities are even starting to compete with each other for property tax dollars.

September 30, 2012 12:00 am

Coats: Economic growth being stymied by Congress inaction on deficit

PORTAGE | More than three years after the end of the recession, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said Friday that "it's terrible" that the nation's economic growth remains so anemic.

July 27, 2012 8:00 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Government should borrow more to build stronger economy

GUEST COMMENTARY: Government should borrow more to build stronger economy

Everyone agrees, so it must be right -- we have to lower the federal deficit and national debt. Can everyone be wrong? Well, yes and no.

June 14, 2012 12:00 am

State payments help narrow Portage's anticipated budget deficit

PORTAGE | The City Council Budget Committee received some good news and some bad news Tuesday night about the city's spending plan for 2012.

May 02, 2012 7:30 pm

TIF funds won't solve shortfall in Valparaiso schools budget

VALPARAISO | There is a $3.5 million budget shortfall in Valparaiso Community Schools, and the city has about $5.4 million in property taxes tied up in tax increment financing districts, which some residents have said could help the schools.

February 26, 2012 12:00 am
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