Rainy Day Fund
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso schools have come a long way in the past year, but a lot more needs to be done to define and prepare for what education will be like in the century ahead.
HEBRON | Reaping almost $600,000 from the sale of the use of its water tower and of a cellphone tower on town property made last year a profitable year for Hebron.
VALPARAISO | With the first decrease in several years in the amount of money given out for township assistance, Township Trustee Chuck Conover said he hopes the economy has turned the corner to recovery.
HEBRON | The Town Council voted Tuesday for an ordinance supporting the effort by Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder to remove the tax exempt status from the Misty Glen apartment complex.
VALPARAISO | Although property tax collections remained lower than was levied, not all the financial news was bad at Monday's council meeting.
VALPARAISO | As part of the agreement between the city and the Indiana Department of Transportation turning over care of Lincolnway to the city, the state promised the city a snow plow to help with the maintenance.
HEBRON | The town's budget will be a little bigger in 2013 than this year, but it won't be because of a tax increase.
VALPARAISO | The city is having such a bad year with health care costs that it's, well, sickening.
VALPARAISO | The city's Board of Public Works and Safety approved the agreement with the state that will give the city control of Lincolnway and provide $18 million for improvements to U.S. 30.
VALPARAISO | Don't bet that Porter County officials aren't glad to have casino gambling in Northwest Indiana.
VALPARAISO | Construction of improvements to the U.S. 30 corridor is expected to begin in 2013 under a $20 million agreement announced Wednesday between Valparaiso and the Indiana Department of Transportation.
VALPARAISO | The city's $3.7 million rainy day fund isn't enough to pay to run the government until the first property taxes are received next year, so the city is planning to borrow to make ends meet.
VALPARAISO | As its Rainy Day Fund increases, the city hopes to borrow less -- or not at all -- at the start of each year to meet operating expenses until it receives its first property taxes of the new year.
VALPARAISO | Mayor Jon Costas easily won a third term over independent challenger Bob McCasland by a more than 2-1 margin Tuesday.
VALPARAISO | The City Council approved a 2012 budget Monday and at the same time adopted a resolution to ask the state Department of Local Government Finance for more money.
HEBRON | The town is planning a 2012 budget that has $90,000 less in the general fund than it had for this year because of new tax caps and a drop in assessed value.
VALPARAISO | The Center Township Board has tentatively agreed to help the Valparaiso Fire Department with extra funds this year and next.
VALPARAISO | It's almost like finding an uncashed check in an old coat when you were wondering how to pay for a big car repair bill.
Porter County officials are trying to figure out how best to spend $11 million. We should all have such a problem.
VALPARAISO | Saying he delivered on the promises he made when he first ran seven years ago, Mayor Jon Costas announced Monday he still has work to do and will seek a third term.
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