Property tax is something every home owner and business owner must face each year. However, in 2005, Indiana recalculated the way property tax was assessed and this resulted in a 250% increase on some long-time home owner’s tax. Many of which, were seniors who had lived in the same home for decades.
Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr of Hammond was a brand-new mayor when this occurred, and many looked to him to solve it.
“It was one of the first crises I had to deal with as mayor,” he said. “People were literally being taxed out of their homes. We saw seniors losing their homes that they had been in for decades. It seemed particularly cruel to me for seniors living in a home their whole lives to lose their homes due to this reassessment.”
McDermott and the Hammond Council worked...
Shirley Heinze Land Trust will be collecting rain water with the use of rain barrels, thanks to a grant offered by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction. The organization received upcycled rain barrels through the Community Rain Barrel Demonstration Grant. Not only will the barrels help Shirley Heinze Land Trust conserve water and enhance its environmental stewardship, but the barrels will serve as examples for others to learn about what they can do to make a difference in the environment.
There’s no doubt that the cities, chambers, and economic development commissions of Northwest Indiana host some of the most interesting and fun filled events in the state. From the summer time festivals to the winter parades, the focus on fun and positivity never fails to provide families and friends with amazing memories and fantastic opportunities.
Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announced today that the City of Hammond has committed to providing a one-time amount of $50,000 to assist the Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC). The Town of Merrillville had already agreed to donate a similar amount. The Lake County Government has proudly donated $150,000 towards GPTC. The monies from the City of Hammond, coupled with the donations from the Town of Merrillville and the Lake County Government will greatly assist the GPTC with their current financial crisis.
Members of the St. Mary Catholic parish in Crown Point recently contributed to a clothing and supply drive to benefit the Prenatal Assistance Program at St. Clare Health Clinic. Jim Larsen, shown, a parish finance council member, spearheaded the idea a few years ago. “Each parish group was asked to come up with an idea to benefit the community,” Larsen said, adding, “I came up with the clothing donation idea. I’m very happy with the results; each year we get a little more.” Parishioners brought the items to Sunday services Oct. 22 and they were delivered by Larsen the following day. Also shown, from left, are Jamie Donsbach, program manager; Laura Mannion, Franciscan Health Foundation development director; and patient service representatives Hillary Ray and Sandra Hoeckelberg.
The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) held its second Open House Public Hearing at the Blue Chip Casino concerning the proposed Double Track Northwest Indiana project (DT-NWI) on Thursday evening. The event’s purpose was to open the project up to the public so that anyone in the community who has questions about the proposal could ask them.
Each year, NIPSCO and other energy providers across the nation provide a forecast for home heating bills during the upcoming five-month winter heating season. Based on current market price projections for natural gas and assuming normal winter weather, NIPSCO natural gas customers can expect relatively flat bills compared to last year during the same time.
In every city, there are dedicated employees working each day to provide the best experiences for their residents. The City of Whiting is lucky enough to have Mark Harbin, a dedicated public servant, who currently works as the Director of Special Events.