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 Co

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 Co

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It truly is an incredible honor to receive this award, but credit goes to the dedicated and hard-working employees of th...
10/01/2021
Porter County auditor receives statewide award | Chesterton Tribune

It truly is an incredible honor to receive this award, but credit goes to the dedicated and hard-working employees of the Auditor's Office. Without their support and commitment to the taxpayers of Porter County, this honor would not have been possible!

The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) announced that Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik received the 2021 Outstanding County Auditor Award. The award recognized her contributions made to county g

This week was the largest annual gathering of county officials in the state, as about 600 elected officials and employee...
09/23/2021

This week was the largest annual gathering of county officials in the state, as about 600 elected officials and employees attended the Association of Indiana Counties' 63rd annual conference, held in Switzerland County. A variety of professional development courses were held on such topics as the American Rescue Plan Act, cash flow management, and pensions. I was honored to represent Porter County, including serving as moderator for a very informative session on Highway Funding and Asset Management. Here are some scenes from the event.

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office. Happy birthday, Jenn!
09/14/2021

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

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

It's budget time! The Porter County Council will kick off its 2022 budget sessions today with a public hearing beginning...
09/13/2021
Unit Look-Up: Budget Notices

It's budget time! The Porter County Council will kick off its 2022 budget sessions today with a public hearing beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building. You can check out budget notices for all local government units on the state's Gateway portal. Here's a link for budgets in Porter County. https://budgetnotices.in.gov/unit_lookup.aspx?ct=64000

A list of units with corrected Budget Notice submissions can be viewed at this link. The Budget Notices found on this site reflect the most up-to-date submissions from Taxing Units. Levy corrections pursuant to IC 6-1.1-17-16(i) can be found at this link.

In solemn remembrance of those who lost their lives and the lives of loved ones 20 years ago today. We will never forget...
09/11/2021

In solemn remembrance of those who lost their lives and the lives of loved ones 20 years ago today. We will never forget.

In solemn remembrance of those who lost their lives and the lives of loved ones 20 years ago today. We will never forget.

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office. Happy birthday, Brenda!
09/09/2021

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

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

In honor of workers of all kinds -- from store clerks to nurses to construction crews to teachers to government staffers...
09/06/2021

In honor of workers of all kinds -- from store clerks to nurses to construction crews to teachers to government staffers and all others who keep our communities going -- have a safe and festive Labor Day!

In honor of workers of all kinds -- from store clerks to nurses to construction crews to teachers to government staffers and all others who keep our communities going -- have a safe and festive Labor Day!

Each year, County Councils must review estimates of maximum property tax levies and projections of tax cap losses at the...
09/03/2021

Each year, County Councils must review estimates of maximum property tax levies and projections of tax cap losses at their first meeting in August. These estimates are used by taxing units when preparing their following year's budgets. As in past years, our office compiled a report for the County Council's review at its recent meeting. The projections show that while property tax levies will increase next year, the funding losses from the Circuit Breaker credits are projected to decrease in most units in Porter County. You can check out the report our office prepared for the County Council's review here! http://www.porterco.org/DocumentCenter/View/14113/Estimated-Max-Levies-Tax-Caps-2022

Each year, County Councils must review estimates of maximum property tax levies and projections of tax cap losses at their first meeting in August. These estimates are used by taxing units when preparing their following year's budgets. As in past years, our office compiled a report for the County Council's review at its recent meeting. The projections show that while property tax levies will increase next year, the funding losses from the Circuit Breaker credits are projected to decrease in most units in Porter County. You can check out the report our office prepared for the County Council's review here! http://www.porterco.org/DocumentCenter/View/14113/Estimated-Max-Levies-Tax-Caps-2022

With respect to accountability of your tax dollars, today was a rather momentous day in the United States. Today was the...
09/01/2021

With respect to accountability of your tax dollars, today was a rather momentous day in the United States. Today was the deadline for many governmental units, including Porter County, to file their first reports with U.S. Treasury detailing their American Rescue Plan's Fiscal Recovery Funds, as well as to establish their pre-COVID revenues. Except for a technical glitch that was resolved somewhat quickly, our report submission went well and on time! My thanks to:
--U.S. Treasury, for a relatively straightforward reporting portal, very informative video trainings, and flexibility with respect to certain deadlines;
--the National Association of Counties (NACo), for providing enormously helpful guidance as we in county government navigate through the new federal reporting rules;
--the Association of Indiana Counties (AIC), for sharing important updates and resources from the national level to all 92 Indiana counties.
The next reports are the quarterly reports due at the end of October. Looking forward to it!

With respect to accountability of your tax dollars, today was a rather momentous day in the United States. Today was the deadline for many governmental units, including Porter County, to file their first reports with U.S. Treasury detailing their American Rescue Plan's Fiscal Recovery Funds, as well as to establish their pre-COVID revenues. Except for a technical glitch that was resolved somewhat quickly, our report submission went well and on time! My thanks to:
--U.S. Treasury, for a relatively straightforward reporting portal, very informative video trainings, and flexibility with respect to certain deadlines;
--the National Association of Counties (NACo), for providing enormously helpful guidance as we in county government navigate through the new federal reporting rules;
--the Association of Indiana Counties (AIC), for sharing important updates and resources from the national level to all 92 Indiana counties.
The next reports are the quarterly reports due at the end of October. Looking forward to it!

The Porter County Municipal Airport was one of 279 airports nationally, and 21 in Indiana,  included in the latest round...
08/25/2021
Press Release – FAA Invests $766M to Build Safer, More Sustainable Airports

The Porter County Municipal Airport was one of 279 airports nationally, and 21 in Indiana, included in the latest round of federal grants announced Tuesday by the FAA. The airport will receive $807,500 to acquire land for approaches. Due to the American Rescue Plan Act, the grants will not require a local match, per the FAA announcement. https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=26462

For Immediate Release August 24, 2021 Contact: [email protected] More than 250 grants awarded to airports across US WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded more than $766 million in grants to build safer, more sustainable and more acce...

Here is the latest update showing the 2022 budget status of each county. We are very pleased to be among just 36 countie...
08/18/2021

Here is the latest update showing the 2022 budget status of each county. We are very pleased to be among just 36 counties that met the deadline to certify the 2022 net assessed values. Our team did a great job! However, this is a very tough deadline to meet, and a number of factors can delay the process for very valid reasons. Because the certified figures are used in setting tax rates and calculating tax levies, it is of utmost importance to certify accurately.

Here is the latest update showing the 2022 budget status of each county. We are very pleased to be among just 36 counties that met the deadline to certify the 2022 net assessed values. Our team did a great job! However, this is a very tough deadline to meet, and a number of factors can delay the process for very valid reasons. Because the certified figures are used in setting tax rates and calculating tax levies, it is of utmost importance to certify accurately.

The new U.S. Census data show that Porter County's population grew 5.4% in the past decade and has moved down one notch ...
08/14/2021
2020 Population and Housing State Data

The new U.S. Census data show that Porter County's population grew 5.4% in the past decade and has moved down one notch among Indiana's largest counties. Porter County's population is 173,215, making us the 10th largest county in the state, compared to an official count of 164,343 in 2010 and the rank of 9th largest county. (Hendricks County is now ranked 9th). Some other Census stats:
--Among our neighboring counties that grew in population were: Lake, .5%; LaPorte, .9%; St. Joseph, 2.2%; Starke, 0% (the count shows an increase of 8).
--Among our neighboring counties that lost population were: Newton, -2.9%; Jasper, -1.7%; Pulaski, -6.6%; Marshall, -2%.
--Among Indiana's 12 most populated counties, the ones that grew the most percentage-wise were Hamilton County, with a 26.5% increase; Hendricks, 20.2%; and Johnson, 15.8%. Each of these surround Indianapolis.
The U.S. Census website has an incredible array of statistics. Here is the link to one of the Census pages that includes County data: https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/interactive/2020-population-and-housing-state-data.html

The 2020 Census marked the 24th count of the U.S. population and the first time that households were invited to respond to the census online.

We're pleased to announce that our office has certified the net assessed values that will be used to calculate tax rates...
08/09/2021

We're pleased to announce that our office has certified the net assessed values that will be used to calculate tax rates in 2022. One of the most significant projects we handle each year, these figures reflect the taxable values of all property in the county. Overall, Porter County's net AVs increased 6.2%, to $11.2 billion. This was the second year in a row that values climbed more than 6%. (Compared to increases ranging from 1.7% to 3.5% in several prior years). Some highlights:
--Homestead values increased by nearly 10%.
--Personal property values grew an overall 2%, to $1.5 billion.
--Property in Tax Increment Financing areas total $889 million in net AV, compared to $886 million in 2021.
--Five taxing districts have net AV growth in excess of 10%. These are Chesterton-Liberty, Jackson, Pine Township-Duneland, Pine Township-Michigan City, and Morgan township districts.

We're pleased to announce that our office has certified the net assessed values that will be used to calculate tax rates in 2022. One of the most significant projects we handle each year, these figures reflect the taxable values of all property in the county. Overall, Porter County's net AVs increased 6.2%, to $11.2 billion. This was the second year in a row that values climbed more than 6%. (Compared to increases ranging from 1.7% to 3.5% in several prior years). Some highlights:
--Homestead values increased by nearly 10%.
--Personal property values grew an overall 2%, to $1.5 billion.
--Property in Tax Increment Financing areas total $889 million in net AV, compared to $886 million in 2021.
--Five taxing districts have net AV growth in excess of 10%. These are Chesterton-Liberty, Jackson, Pine Township-Duneland, Pine Township-Michigan City, and Morgan township districts.

Today our real estate tax deputy Marlene officially entered retirement, after a distinguished career in the Auditor's Of...
08/05/2021

Today our real estate tax deputy Marlene officially entered retirement, after a distinguished career in the Auditor's Office. Marlene has helped countless numbers of taxpayers with their tax deduction applications, deeds, tax bill questions, property transfers and more. Incredibly hardworking, impeccably detailed, and always cheerful and professional, Marlene will be greatly missed as one of our full-time staff members. Marlene, we wish you all the best!

From floods to fires and more: The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) Board on Friday was treated with a presentation...
07/25/2021

From floods to fires and more: The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) Board on Friday was treated with a presentation by the Indiana Homeland Security, including a tour of its Emergency Operations Center. Highly informative! To learn more about this state agency, visit in.gov/dhs.

Extremely pleased to report that we have received state approval of our annual "TIF project" more than a week earlier th...
07/22/2021

Extremely pleased to report that we have received state approval of our annual "TIF project" more than a week earlier than last year. This is our sixth year of completing this state-required project in-house. Simply put, our team analyzed hundreds of parcels, one by one, to determine the cause of change in assessed value. Chief Deputy Toni Downing led our TIF Team this year, ensuring a smooth and comprehensive review. The calculations will be used in our next big project -- certified net AVs -- which affect the budgets and tax rates countywide. Exciting times in the County Auditor's Office!

Extremely pleased to report that we have received state approval of our annual "TIF project" more than a week earlier than last year. This is our sixth year of completing this state-required project in-house. Simply put, our team analyzed hundreds of parcels, one by one, to determine the cause of change in assessed value. Chief Deputy Toni Downing led our TIF Team this year, ensuring a smooth and comprehensive review. The calculations will be used in our next big project -- certified net AVs -- which affect the budgets and tax rates countywide. Exciting times in the County Auditor's Office!

County auditors from throughout the state gathered this past week in Brown and Marshall counties for the Indiana County ...
07/17/2021

County auditors from throughout the state gathered this past week in Brown and Marshall counties for the Indiana County Auditors' Association's 2021 North-South conference. Both sessions included training on the American Rescue Plan and the important role county auditors will play in reporting and compliance of their counties' federal spending. Of special note for Porter County, our own Budget and Finance Director, Tiffany Johnson, was one of the presenters with a talk on Excel. We were also honored to have presenters from the federal government join us, both in-person and virtually. Here is a sampling of the week's events.

This week, county auditors from throughout Indiana will meet in Nashville and Plymouth  in trainings organized by the In...
07/13/2021

This week, county auditors from throughout Indiana will meet in Nashville and Plymouth in trainings organized by the Indiana County Auditors' Association. We've got a great lineup of speakers on topics including the American Rescue Plan Act, human resources, and legislative priorities. Here are the Association officers at Monday's pre-event dinner in lovely Brown County: (left to right) Rachel Oesterreich, secretary; Christina Sriver, treasurer; Debbie Stevens, vice-president; Jennifer Flater, president-elect; Vicki Urbanik, President. (Not shown is past-president Julie Fox.)

This week, county auditors from throughout Indiana will meet in Nashville and Plymouth in trainings organized by the Indiana County Auditors' Association. We've got a great lineup of speakers on topics including the American Rescue Plan Act, human resources, and legislative priorities. Here are the Association officers at Monday's pre-event dinner in lovely Brown County: (left to right) Rachel Oesterreich, secretary; Christina Sriver, treasurer; Debbie Stevens, vice-president; Jennifer Flater, president-elect; Vicki Urbanik, President. (Not shown is past-president Julie Fox.)

07/09/2021

Today is payday for Porter County government employees, but it was not a typical payroll week for us in the Auditor's Office. Not only did we have one less work day to process payroll, but, in accordance with a County Council resolution, this is also the payroll that includes longevity pay for eligible workers. Kudos to our payroll team members Christy, Brenda, Tiffany, and Toni for their hard work making it happen -- with an internal audit feature to boot! https://porterco.org/776/Budget-Finance

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's Office. Happy birthday, Marlene!
07/06/2021

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

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

From all of us in the Porter County Auditor's Office, we wish you a festive and safe Fourth of July!
07/03/2021

From all of us in the Porter County Auditor's Office, we wish you a festive and safe Fourth of July!

From all of us in the Porter County Auditor's Office, we wish you a festive and safe Fourth of July!

07/02/2021

The State Budget Agency has announced a key budget figure that governmental units in Indiana will use when preparing their 2022 budgets. The maximum levy growth quotient will be 4.3%, compared to this year's 4.2%. Very generally, this means that governmental units will prepare their 2022 budgets with the expectation of levying a 4.3% increase in property taxes. How this affects final budgets and 2022 tax rates will depend on a number of other factors. Watch for your local budget hearings to learn more!

07/01/2021

July 1st is the date that many new laws take effect in Indiana. One of the new statutes this year is an increase in the fee for the Sales Disclosure Form, which is filed as part of property conveyances. Forms submitted on or after July 1 will now be charged $20, with the fees collected by County Auditor offices. Half of the money goes to the state and the other half goes to a county fund overseen by the Assessor.

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Congratulations on your ascension to President Vicki