LaPorte County Council

The council has the ultimate decision making power regarding fiscal affairs. The council has authority to view or review fiscal matters, determine proper policy, and set priorities for the allocation and expenditure of county funds.

The General Assembly determines the powers of the county council in this area. Typically these powers include:

Check Approving and fixing annual operating budgets of all county government offices and agencies
Check Establishing salaries, wages, per diems, and other compensation for all county officials and employees
Check Fixing tax rates and establishing levies on all county property for the purpose of raising funds to meet budget requirements in conducting county business, as well as authorizing the borrowing of money in the form of bonds and notes
Check Appropriating public funds, i.e., authorizing the expenditure of county money by particular officials or departments for specific purposes
Check Authorizing certain purchases or sales of county owned land

Under IC 36-2-3-6, the county council may employ legal and administrative personnel necessary to perform its duties. (Generally see IC 36-2-3 for duties of the County Council).