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Porter County outlines projects for the next four years

Updated: June 23, 2013 10:55PM



VALPARAISO — The Porter County Board of Commissioners has outlined projects for spending from county economic development income tax funds for the next four years.

The plan, which commissioners approved on second reading Tuesday, covers 2014 through 2017, and commits almost $4.9 million in project spending each year.

The county imposed the CEDIT in 2003, at a rate of half of one percent annually on the adjusted gross income of county taxpayers.

State statute requires commissioners to adopt the plan before its share of the money is distributed. The county council appropriates the funds for the projects each year.

“We don’t have the money in our general fund to fund a lot of projects that CEDIT funds,” said Commissioner Laura Blaney, D-South.

That includes drainage; capital improvements, particularly for land acquisition for a park in the south part of the county; building maintenance, like roofs for county-owned buildings; federally mandated items like compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; improvement projects like computer software; consultant fees; and commissioners’ projects in their districts.

“Those are things that come up,” Blaney said.

Those projects include helping Hebron build a new garage for its fire trucks this year, and helping pay for the Chesterton utility corridor last year.

While the plan is the same for all four years, there is room for flexibility.

“It’s always up for tweaking for every year,” Blaney said.



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