INDIANAPOLIS | The decision on whether the Lake County property tax levy freeze is lifted, even if the county doesn't enact an income tax, is now in the hands of state Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso.
Lake County officials say county homeowners now shoulder the cost of nearly half of local government's budget, up from about a third a decade ago.
When the financial going gets tough, one of the first things people cut to save money is recreation.
VALPARAISO | To avoid laying off firefighters and keep the fire and ambulance protection at the current levels for Valparaiso and Center Township, the two are expected to approve a new fire territory March 28.
INDIANAPOLIS | An Indiana Senate committee Tuesday will hear a revised plan from state Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, giving local governments in financial distress the option to ask a state-appointed emergency manager to take over.
CROWN POINT | Taxpayers can hide in the farthest corners of rural Lake County's cornfields, but they can't escape having to help pay for their big city neighbors' public spending.
INDIANAPOLIS | For the third consecutive year, state auditors say they don't know whether Gary will be able to "continue as a going concern."
PORTAGE | Porter County's three top tax officials will be traveling around the county beginning in September telling residents about the ramifications of tax caps and how they are going to affect their lives.
VALPARAISO | Taxing units throughout Porter County lost nearly $3.8 million last year as a result of property tax caps.
INDIANAPOLIS | Four Gary taxing districts will learn April 13 whether they will be permitted to charge rates in excess of the state's property tax caps for a third straight year.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gary officials will tell a state panel today that without a third annual exemption from Indiana's property tax caps, the Steel City will have to eliminate all city services except police and fire protection.
HAMMOND | The impact recent elections will have on achieving principles of good government will be the focus of Tuesday's Team Hammond Taxpayers' Group meeting.
I have invested thousands of hours since 2005 observing, challenging and testifying at all levels of Indiana government.
VALPARAISO | Proponents of amending the state Constitution to preserve property tax caps made an eleventh-hour plea Friday in hopes of convincing local voters to support the measure at the polls.
I am writing regarding the wholesale crap that was written by Shaw Friedman in his article titled "Property tax caps are a Trojan horse."
The Times guest editorial from Shaw Friedman on July 10 titled "Property tax caps are a Trojan horse" is interesting. Do look it up if you missed it. Mr. Friedman is no stranger to the Times. I searched his name as a keyword at the Times site and found 122 hits. His articles and quotes show …
Porter County Commissioner Bob Harper has entered into cyberspace, launching a page to educate the public on property tax caps and call on state legislators to approve a constitutional amendment for the second time to put the question on the ballot for voters.
INDIANAPOLIS | Bills aimed at placing caps on property tax bills to the state constitution are now before both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly, days before it convenes on Jan. 5.
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