Duneland Resale Shop easily won a tax exemption for its newer storage
facility at 838 Indiana Ave. with a 3-0 vote from the Porter County Property
Tax Assessment Board of Appeals.
executive director of Duneland United Churches Resale Inc., said the
building, the former Lakeshore Gymnastics, was acquired about a year ago. It
is located next door to the current resale shop at 801 Broadway and is being
used as storage for now, he said.
No future plans are
set yet for the annex, Johnston said, but “we will know when the right time
includes a network of approximately 100 volunteers and 20 churches. More
than $1.5 million has been raised for charity since it first opened in 2001,
which has been donated to more than a 100 different agencies and causes in
Northwest Indiana, Johnston said.
Sales revenue is
used to take care of the shop’s operational costs and immediate needs and
the rest is given back to the community, Johnston said.
to the PTABOA board news articles of recent gifts the Duneland Resale has
made to local charities, including a copy of the Dec. 24 edition of the
Chesterton Tribune that featured several photographs of donation checks
being presented. He also said the Resale Shop received media attention for
donating to the Special Olympics.
“We’re just so
grateful for the 20 churches who work with us and the money we’ve been able
to give away,” Johnston said. “It’s quite an emotional thing for us.”
Donors to the 501c3
organization are eligible for tax credits, he added.
PTABOA member Vicki
Urbanik said as a former Chesterton Tribune reporter, she’s followed
the progress of the Duneland Resale Shop and realizes how much support it
gives to others.
“It’s probably the
epitome of a charitable organization. They do so much good for the
community,” Urbanik said.
Johnston said this
month will mark the 13th year the Duneland Resale has been in existence.
PTABOA member Nick
Sommers made a motion to give Duneland Resale an exemption on the land, lots
and improvements for the 838 Indiana Ave. location. Voting in favor were
Urbanik and board president Joe Wszolek.
Wszolek said that
the Duneland Resale applied for an exemption based on being a church or
religious society but ultimately met the criteria for being a charitable
organization. However, the charitable exemption will help them with the
ministry they provide, he said.