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Porter County Building

The Porter County government building on Indiana Avenue in downtown Valparaiso.

Responsible government aimed at the greater good, rather than the selfish self-interested, is in full swing in Porter County.

Taxpayers there are enjoying better planning for a more relevant future as a result.

The most notable recent example came last week when the Porter County Council moved forward on major capital improvement plans for the county.

The council and Porter County commissioners — including sometimes diametrically opposed members of two different political parties — have united behind this sweeping project for Porter County's infrastructure and quality-of-life future.

Overdue renovations to the North County Complex in Portage, the purchase of the former jail building in downtown Valparaiso for expanded county space, needed renovations on the aging courthouse in Valparaiso and improvements that will make the county's Expo Center more relevant and competitive are all part of the $30 million capital upgrades plan.

Porter County's leaders have united behind a funding formula that won't overburden taxpayers, relying on interest from hospital sale proceeds to offset any shifts in county government revenue.

It shows all the signs of an efficient government run by responsible adults — a refreshing notion in today's political climate.

The capital project proposal still needs a second approval from the council and final approval from commissioners, but it appears on its way to fruition.

Porter County commissioners also have rallied behind a needed audit of the government's outdated computers and technology — key elements to efficiency and public records transparency.

The county has traditionally purchased its own computer servers and kept information technology in house, Commissioner Jeff Good recently explained. But owning the server infrastructure also requires potentially expensive upgrades and updates.

A potential alternative to be explored by the audit would be transitioning to a cloud-based server, which involves contracting with an outside company that would keep the county's tech capabilities up to date and running properly, Good has said.

These are the types of plans and ideas that rise to the surface, regardless of political party of power, in a government system built on cooperation and reasoning.

We look forward to seeing more from Porter County government leadership. Taxpayers should too.


Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Assistant Local News Editor Crista Zivanovic and Regional News Editor Sharon Ross.