Porter County Auditor

Porter County Auditor Providing Porter County taxpayers with professional, courteous, and efficient service in matters involving their property taxes and government funds.

The Porter County Auditor page is intended to highlight the activities of the auditor's office and to share with taxpayers and stakeholders information about their taxes, government budgets and funds, and related topics. The Porter County Auditor's office consists of the Property Tax Division and the Accounting and Budget Division. The Property Tax Division works cooperatively with the County Assessor and County Treasurer in the assessment-to-tax-billing cycle and with the County Recorder in maintaining property records. Our duties include maintaining plat maps and the parcel numbering system, certifying property ownership, and transferring deeds. We also maintain deductions, abatements, and exemptions and apply property tax caps to tax bills. The auditor also annually certifies the net assessed values, a critical component in setting tax rates. The Accounting and Budget Division is the heart and soul of county government finance. We process payroll and benefits for county employees, maintain the financial ledgers, prepare and continually update county budgets and funds, and provide financial reports to county departments. We also prepare the annual financial reports subject to audit and distribute tax revenue to taxing units.

Operating as usual

In honor of all the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country, we thank you.
11/11/2020

In honor of all the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country, we thank you.

Last week was the annual fall conference of the Indiana County Auditors' Association, presented in both a virtual and in...
11/06/2020

Last week was the annual fall conference of the Indiana County Auditors' Association, presented in both a virtual and in-person format due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. County auditors from throughout Indiana participated in training sessions on diverse topics including CARES Act accounting, virtual audits, deeds, and election worker pay. It was an honor for me to represent Porter County on the Auditor Association board and to work with my fellow officers in organizing a quality training designed to help county auditors with their enormous responsibilities.

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office. Happy birthday, Danielle!
11/04/2020

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office. Happy birthday, Danielle!

It was a spooky, fun day in the Porter County Auditor's office! And once again, the tax deputies came up with an awesome...
10/30/2020

It was a spooky, fun day in the Porter County Auditor's office! And once again, the tax deputies came up with an awesome group theme: Dead brides. Rather fitting for the year at hand. Happy Halloween!

Mask up in shades of purple!
10/22/2020

Mask up in shades of purple!

Friday excitement: This afternoon, a fire alarm force the evacuation of the County Administration Building. All county b...
10/16/2020

Friday excitement: This afternoon, a fire alarm force the evacuation of the County Administration Building. All county business underway -- from deed transactions in our office to early voting -- came to a stop. The Valparaiso Fire Department responded quickly, and we were all allowed back in after a short time.

To the taxpayers of Porter County, Happy Boss's Day! It is an honor to serve you as your County Auditor. Today, the offi...
10/16/2020

To the taxpayers of Porter County, Happy Boss's Day! It is an honor to serve you as your County Auditor. Today, the office staff surprised me with a very thoughtful gift. Thank you, Auditor's office employees -- you are the best!

10/15/2020

After weeks of poring through departments' budgets, the Porter County Council will hold final budget adoption today for the county's proposed 2021 budgets. The Council will meet at 5:30 p.m.

Mask up, and bloom this fall!
10/07/2020

Mask up, and bloom this fall!

A total of 55 bidders participated in the annual Sheriff's auction held Friday. Chief Deputy Toni and Budget and Finance...
10/03/2020

A total of 55 bidders participated in the annual Sheriff's auction held Friday. Chief Deputy Toni and Budget and Finance Director Tiffany are shown here handling one of the many transactions. Forty-three items were sold, including 21 county vehicles, bicycles, chainsaws, and plow blades. Net proceeds for the county totaled $57,866. Great job Porter County Sheriff's Department, Toni, and Tiffany for another successful auction!

Mask up in black and white!
09/30/2020

Mask up in black and white!

09/20/2020

Porter County is expected to receive an overall 5.48% increase in 2021 from the revenues generated from the local income tax (LIT), according to certified figures released recently by the state. Porter County's LIT rate is the lowest in Indiana; just one other county currently has the same .5% rate. The tax is expected to generate a grand total of $29.3 million, compared to this year's distribution of $27.8 million. Half of the LIT revenues go toward a tax credit for homeowners and the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. The other half goes to the county government, cities, and towns for their operational needs. The figures are still subject to change prior to final certification.

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office. Happy birthday, Jenn!
09/15/2020

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office. Happy birthday, Jenn!

Mask up, and color coordinate!
09/12/2020

Mask up, and color coordinate!

09/11/2020
09/10/2020

County budget season is upon us!
Today, Sept. 10, the Porter County Council kicks off the annual budget hearings, with a public hearing and first reading. The budget sessions will continue over the next four weeks, as follows:
--Sept. 15 and 17
--Sept. 22 and 24
--Sept. 29 and Oct. 1
--Oct. 12 and 15 (final adoption).
All meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the County Administration Building. The schedule is subject to change.

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office with these awesome carrot cake/cream cheese icing c...
09/09/2020

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office with these awesome carrot cake/cream cheese icing cupcakes. Happy birthday, Brenda!

We had a nice visit today with Lake County Assessor LaTonya Spearman (at right in photo). She and her team were visiting...
09/08/2020

We had a nice visit today with Lake County Assessor LaTonya Spearman (at right in photo). She and her team were visiting the Porter County Assesor's office as well as our office to see our process for deed transactions. Always nice to meet with our colleagues from other counties!

Mask up, and show your Fighting Irish school spirit!
09/07/2020

Mask up, and show your Fighting Irish school spirit!

Circuit breaker credits "cap" property taxes, giving taxpayers who reach the cap a lower bill while reducing revenue for...
09/02/2020

Circuit breaker credits "cap" property taxes, giving taxpayers who reach the cap a lower bill while reducing revenue for local government. Porter County government is projected to lose $2.6 million due to the tax caps in 2021, compared to a $2.8 million reduction this year. These and other projections can be found in our annual report that we prepare for the County Council on maximum levies and tax caps. Check it out on our webpage at porterco.org/auditor.

Mask up, and show your patriotic spirit!
08/15/2020

Mask up, and show your patriotic spirit!

Mask up, and root for your favorite team!
08/08/2020

Mask up, and root for your favorite team!

Local government units in Porter County are about to receive nearly $14.8 million in property taxes as part of an "advan...
08/06/2020

Local government units in Porter County are about to receive nearly $14.8 million in property taxes as part of an "advance draw" our office completed this week. As you might recall, a governor executive order allowed taxpayers to pay their spring property tax 60 days late without the normal penalty. While this gave taxpayers a reprieve, it also meant that some taxing units didn't receive as much as they expected in the regular June distribution. Our "mini settlement" has now reconciled the difference with taxes collected during these past few months. We're pleased to help bring the schools, municipalities, and other taxing units back on track!

We celebrated another birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office with these delightful German chocolate cupcak...
07/09/2020

We celebrated another birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office with these delightful German chocolate cupcakes. Happy birthday, Marlene!

Reminder: If you haven't yet paid the spring installment of your property taxes, you have through Friday, July 10 to pay...
07/09/2020
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Reminder: If you haven't yet paid the spring installment of your property taxes, you have through Friday, July 10 to pay in order to avoid a state-required late payment penalty. For more information, see the "Property Tax" page at www.porterco.org.

Our new mobile responsive site is designed to make it easier to engage with Porter County government from the convenience of your phone or desktop.

From all of us in the Porter County Auditor's office, have a safe and festive Fourth of July holiday!🇺🇸
07/03/2020

From all of us in the Porter County Auditor's office, have a safe and festive Fourth of July holiday!🇺🇸

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office. Happy birthday, Tiffany! (Note: Until further noti...
06/30/2020

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office. Happy birthday, Tiffany!

(Note: Until further notice, our staff birthdays will be celebrated with individual treats -- like these decadent cupcakes -- in keeping with the County Commissioners' COVID-19 health precautions.)

Poll Workers Paid! We are pleased to announce that the Auditor's Office, in conjunction with the Clerk's Office, process...
06/26/2020

Poll Workers Paid! We are pleased to announce that the Auditor's Office, in conjunction with the Clerk's Office, processed the checks for more than 500 poll workers who worked in the June primary with this week's regular county payroll. Today our office handed over the checks to Clerk Jessica Bailey for compiling and mailing. Among those in the Auditor's Office who cranked to get poll workers paid without delay were Christy, Brenda (both pictured), Renee, Tiffany, and Toni. Thank you, poll workers, for putting in a long day of work to help carry out the election process!

We're thrilled to announce that we have completed one of our most challenging and exciting projects to date: A financial...
06/23/2020

We're thrilled to announce that we have completed one of our most challenging and exciting projects to date: A financial report in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of the Government Accounting Standards Board. Our 192-page report contains a wealth of information about Porter County government's finances -- here you will find balance sheets, debt schedules,
capital asset details, budget comparisons, pension data and more! Our project schedule this year was turned upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic, but after months of research, calculations, and plenty of revisions, we have now submitted our 2019 report to the state. My sincere thanks to everyone who assisted, particularly the main "GAAP Team" of Chief Deputy Toni Downing and Budget and Finance Director Tiffany Johnson. With the audit soon to begin, we'll revise as needed and strengthen the framework for thorough and transparent financial reporting in the years to come!

06/12/2020

Announcement: Porter County government offices, including the Auditor's Office, will close at 3 p.m. today, Friday, June 12, per an order of the County Commissioners.

We're pleased to announce that our office has now completed the spring, 2020 tax settlement, disbursing more than $130 m...
06/06/2020

We're pleased to announce that our office has now completed the spring, 2020 tax settlement, disbursing more than $130 million of property taxes, excise taxes, assessments and other fees to Porter County's towns and cities, schools, libraries, and other taxing units. Although the deadline to pay the spring tax bill without penalty was extended this year, counties are still required to disburse the on-time collections. Many thanks to Porter County Treasurer Michelle Clancy and her staff for working with our office to complete settlement as soon as possible, getting your tax dollars to local government units well before the deadline. And a huge thanks goes to our settlement team members Chief Deputy Toni Downing and Budget and Finance Director Tiffany Johnson, who went full steam ahead with settlement at the same time that we three are finishing up our most significant project to date, namely, our GAAP-based financial report. And finally, a very heartfelt thank you goes to each and every Porter County taxpayer who paid their spring tax bill on time -- you couldn't come into the county building and you may have encountered delays in getting your issue resolved, but you nonetheless paid your taxes despite possible financial, health or other challenges you may have had during this most difficult time. You helped to keep local government afloat, and for that, we thank you!

In honor of the men and women who gave their lives in service for our country.
05/25/2020

In honor of the men and women who gave their lives in service for our country.

Today was coronavirus testing day for the Auditor's Office. In accordance with the County Commissioners' COVID-19 policy...
05/19/2020

Today was coronavirus testing day for the Auditor's Office. In accordance with the County Commissioners' COVID-19 policy, our office will resume our regular work schedule on Tuesday of next week, after all other county employees complete the testing. The County Administration Building will remain closed to the public, except by appointment.

Today in Indiana is the official deadline to pay the spring installment of property taxes. However, under an executive o...
05/11/2020
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Today in Indiana is the official deadline to pay the spring installment of property taxes. However, under an executive order by Gov. Holcomb, taxpayers who do not pay on time this spring will incur no penalties for 60 days. So, is there any reason to pay your property taxes now? Yes! County auditors are still required to disburse the May tax collections to local government units. Lower tax distributions could prompt some schools, municipalities, townships and other units to borrow in order to stay afloat. We in the Porter County Auditor's Office are planning another tax disbursement after the penalty waiver period ends in July. If you have the means to do so, please consider paying your property taxes today to help out local government. For more information about paying online or by phone, visit the Porter County website at www.porterco.org.

Our new mobile responsive site is designed to make it easier to engage with Porter County government from the convenience of your phone or desktop.

To Moms, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers-in-law, stepmoms, aunts, Godmothers, and all others who are caring fo...
05/10/2020

To Moms, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers-in-law, stepmoms, aunts, Godmothers, and all others who are caring for others, have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Address

155 Indiana Ave
Valparaiso, IN
46383

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(219) 465-3445

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