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Porter County budget hearing and first reading Thursday

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The Porter County Council will conduct a first reading and public hearing of the 2021 budget at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in suite 205 of the Porter County Administration Center, 155 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso.

There will be an opportunity for public comment at this time. During first reading, the Council will read the proposed amounts for the 2020 budget, but will not go over specific department budgets, which will be addressed as a series of second reading meetings. Public comment may or may not be allowed at second readings, at the Councilís discretion.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m., the Council will discuss various funds related to the Sheriffís Office, Jail, and drug task force, as well as Riverboat Money.

On Thursday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m., the Council will discuss various funds related to the Prosecutorís Office, including grant funds that provide for significant raises for the Countyís victim advocates that are paid from grant funds. These raises were controversial at the Councilís last regular meeting.

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Councilís budget meeting will start at 6 p.m., and the Council is slated to discuss funds related to the Courts, Adult Probation, the County Clerkís Office, and the Board of Elections & Registration. The Council will also hold its regular meeting, where public comment is usually welcome, on this day at 5:15 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m., the Council will discuss various funds, including those for the County Airport, Coroner, Veteranís Services, Extension Office, Indiana Dunes Tourism, the County Recorderís Office and the County Auditorís Office.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m., the Council will discuss various funds related to the Highway, Emergency Management, Heath, and Parks departments, as well as the Council general fund. The Parks Department is expected to ask for $8,000 to $10,000 in additional funds this year because the County Commissioners are transferring control of the Zona Wildlife Sanctuary to the Parks. It is estimated managing that property will cost at least $18,000 annually, and the Commissioners have committed to providing $10,000 of that, the Commissioners announced at their last meeting.

On Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m., the Council will discuss various funds related to the Animal Shelter, Expo Center, Memorial Opera House, Family and Youth Bureau, Council on Aging, Opportunity Enterprises, and Porter-Starke Services, as well as the Commissioners general fund, LIT, CCD fund, hospital interest and sale proceeds, and the County non-profit charitable foundation budget.

There will also be a discussion of raises and wages at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12. The final reading and adoption of the budget and the 2021 salary ordinance is expected to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.



Posted 9/8/2020




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