1 Week After Election, Hammond Board Sends Rain Tax Through the Roof

Multi-family units will see tax increase by over 400% from $180 per year to $750 annually. Single family homes will see an increase of 55% from $60 annually to $93.00.

Hammond Stormwater Board voted to raise fees by as much as 400%

November 12, 2019-The Hammond Stormwater Board voted today to raise the Stormwater fee, also known as the rain tax, by as much as 400% on some classes of property. The move comes just one week after an election where the Hammond Mayor and Council ran largely unopposed. Under the taxing scheme, businesses and multi-family housing will be hardest hit seeing increases over 400%. Single family residential homes will see an increase of 55% from $60 annually to $93.00 per year. The Stormwater fee is placed on the property tax bill and becomes a lien on the property. The resolution must still be approved by the Hammond City Council before being enacted. If enacted, the new rates will take effect on January 1, 2020 and will first appear on the May 2021 tax bills.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article mistakenly stated that the fee increase would also apply to Munster. We apologize for the error.

21 Comments

  1. That is way too much! I am on social security disability and I have no extra money for the month. People are suffering and struggling out here.

    • Me too. But Mayor Tom dosen’t care. He’s moving on to the congressional swamp where he can now help raise your federal taxes. If you are a good, loyal Democrat you will vote for him.

    • Take your taxes Indiana and shove them get rid of some of these useless Government jobs and saleries and save us money . I am sure we can get plenty of volunteers to do your jobs for nothing. You are all useless dead wood. Senior citizen. Alabama doesn’t tax the senior citizen no house or state taxes

    • WeJohn morons in this county, cities and towns keep voting these people in. Unfortunately there is no opposition since Da Region is hopeless.

  2. Kinda convenient that the Hammond mayor will be moving on to bigger and better things ain’t it. You stupid people in Lake County, including myself occasionally, continually keep putting the same people in office and seem to expect different results. The sad thing is that those in NW Indiana will elect Mayor Tom to represent them in Congress. Anyone know of a relative of his who happens to be a judge that would be an ideal replacement for him as mayor?
    The real kicker will come when Chicago finally builds their casino and the tax revenue generated by it will be gone. It’s so sad to be living here. btw I have been seriously looking to leave. Now i think i will have to step up the pace.

    • Well said John. Seriously hoping someone new besides retread politicians comes along. They might be wonderful people great fathers and husbands and wives but their political affiliation is with a party that is going to destroy this country eventually.

  3. These individuals really don’t give a shit about the Hammond home owners. They believe that money grows on trees. Time to move out of this corrupt town and county. An old timer advised me to move out and that is what I am planning to do.

  4. There was an article about how numerous “dams” in Indiana are in gross need of repair. If you’re going to pass such a tax, the same document should show exactly why the money is needed and where it is going to be used. That’s called “open accountability” – and it’s not too much to ask in return for our tax dollars.

  5. Taxes are out of control in Hammond . After the school referendum tax was VOTED IN I sold all my quad rentals . They are now Section 8 housing . Now instead of calling it a tax increase they call it a fee that way its not included on property tax caps . Same with the school tax . Thats in addition to your property tax and has no effect on the cap . Why would Hammond homeowners vote in a tax ?? You got it and a lot of Section 8 housing and a lot more coming in the near future .

    • As I recall there were probably less than 2000 voters total in the school tax election. This was the only single issue vote that I have ever seen in the city. It was poorly publicized, probably intentionally, except for pro-new school side. I am sure there are enough employees in the school system and die-hard party members that voted at the party’s behest. They did what the party wanted. It shames me to still live in this city.

  6. As I recall there were probably less than 2000 voters total in the school tax election. This was the only single issue vote that I have ever seen in the city. It was poorly publicized, probably intentionally, except for pro-new school side. I am sure there are enough employees in the school system and die-hard party members that voted at the party’s behest. They did what the party wanted. It shames me to still live in this city.

  7. Keep voting Democrat…you have all made this mess…we need term limits. The bogus ballot fiasco just proves how Hammond keeps letting McDermott and his thugs run this city. You made your bed, sleep in it…better yet run to vote for him when he wants that congess seat to take place of
    the other corrupt Democratic. GOOD LUCK!

  8. Itz $93.00 a year. Up from an annual $60. That is, itz up from $5.00 monthly to,$7.75 monthly. Yeah, it is an increase but if I had to guess, the Board is gonna resort to the political psychology of incremental increases, you know, to manage the outrage. It could be worse.

  9. when nyou have time go to the Lake Country complex for something, taxes, dog tags whatever. Then go to the Porter County building and do the same thing. The number of employees in Lake County are all tied to politicians its discusting

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