Porter County tax appeal backlog cleared at last
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent October 23, 2012 3:26PM
Jon Snyder, 2010. Republican. Porter County Assessor. Photo provided to the Post-Tribune
Updated: November 25, 2012 11:40AM
VALPARAISO — Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder said Tuesday that, in less than two years, his office has resolved all outstanding 2006 to 2010 appeals, as well as all appeals filed in 2011, totaling more than 9,000 cases.
“Our office will implement safeguards to ensure that the words ‘backlog’ and ‘appeal’ are not in the same sentence again,” Snyder said. “The purging of the appeals backlog has refunded over $15 million, as well as over $1 million in interest payments back to where it rightfully belonged: the taxpayers’ pockets.”
Eliminating the backlog of appeals cases has been a top priority for Snyder, whose staff collaborated with the Property Tax Board of Appeals, as well as the county’s other financial officers, with support from the Porter County Board of Commissioners and County Council.
“These groups have worked tirelessly to reach this important milestone,” Snyder said. “I am extremely proud of my staff and applaud them for accomplishing what some thought was impossible.”