Porter Regional Hospital and Porter County Assessor Propose Tax Abatement Solution
Porter Regional Hospital and the Porter County Assessor’s Office have reached an agreement that will provide for $9.7 million dollars in tax revenues for Porter County and Liberty Township residents and Duneland Schools over the next 10 years.
Hospital executives and representatives from the Assessor’s Office have agreed to an assessed value of $130 million for the 225-bed hospital campus for tax years 2013 and 2014. The parties have also agreed to a depreciation schedule that reflects a declining assessed value over the 10-year period of tax abatement to account for ordinary wear and age of the facilities.
“There has never been any question that Porter Regional Hospital is vitally important to this community,” said Porter County Assessor Jon M. Snyder. “By establishing this valuation schedule, and with the approval of the Porter County Council, we will be able to put the discussion of assessed value behind us so that the hospital can move on with delivering great care to the community and the Assessor’s Office can continue focusing on our mission of ensuring that all taxpayers in Porter County carry an equitable share of the tax burden.”
As part of the agreement, which is conditioned upon the approval the Porter County Council and their determination that the hospital is in full compliance with the terms of the tax abatement, the hospital will agree to drop its previously filed assessment appeals.
“We appreciate the ongoing dialogue that led to this agreement and we look forward to a productive discussion with the Porter County Council,” said Porter Regional Hospital Chief Financial Officer Cheryl Harmon.
The new hospital, located at the corner of U.S. Highway 6 and Indiana State Road 49, generated nearly 700 construction related jobs during its development, resulting in approximately $69 million local payroll. Porter Health Care System, with 11 inpatient and outpatient locations across northwest Indiana, employs 1,767 FTEs (full-time employees) and generates over $123 million in payroll.