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...
Hospice of the Calumet Area is known for their excellent programs and care provided to families in need. For grief support and assistance getting through difficult times, they are there to care for and aid those in need.
This morning at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Lowell Regional Dispatch Center began receiving 911 reports of a reckless driver north bound on I-65 in Jasper County. The vehicle was described as a black 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.
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.
This morning, several Indiana State Troopers from the Lowell Post, a retired trooper and a local deputy prosecutor braved the elements and participated in a fun run at the Indiana Dunes State Park to help raise money for the Bolt for the Heart non-profit organization. (photo attached) Since partnering with the Indiana State Police, Bolt for the Heart has purchased more than 200 AED units.
Werner, a Michigan City native, graduated from Elston High School in 1980 before attending Purdue North Central, earning a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. She went on to earn an Associate Degree in social work from Calumet College.
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.