DATE: 10/22/2020

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DATE: March 24, 2020

TO: Long Beach, Duneland Beach Michiana Shores Area

FROM: Chief Sulkowski


All residents in the Long Beach Police Protection area:

Officers of the LBPD will remain working in this time of uncertainty. Please to not hesitate to call us if you need assistance, or have to report a crime. For General Information you are still to call 874-4243. If an Officer is not on station, the call will roll over to the LaPorte County Reginal Dispatch Center. If you are in need of filing a report, the Officer may just call you back in order to limit direct contact.

The Town Hall and Police Station will be closed for public use from today 3/24/2020 until further notice.

911 and Emergency calls will be handled in the same fashion as alwys. We may keep our distance as much as possible and will avoid physical contact if at all possible.

Please check on your elderly neighbors and make sure everything is OK with them.

Stay HEALTHY and pray we all get back to normal real soon.

I have also attached Superintendent Indiana State Police Doug Carters, Memo in regards to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-08. Directive for Hoosiers to Stay at Home.

DWD Assistance to Employers

INDIANAPOLIS (March 17, 2020) – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development would like to assist employers, workers, and agents during this emergency. If you are temporarily closing or reducing worker hours, please encourage your employees to file for unemployment insurance benefits. They must do this online, through a computer or smart phone. They should visit for Frequently Asked Questions, video tutorials, and a link to file for unemployment insurance.
If you have the means to assist your employees by allowing them to file from your business, please assist as you can. DWD does have available equipment at our WorkOne locations, but we are also practicing social distancing which creates a barrier to quickly serving large groups of workers. Any assistance you can provide in getting these important benefits to your employees while preventing the spread of this disease is greatly appreciated.
If your employees must go to a WorkOne to use a computer, please have them contact the center ahead of time as some hours of operations have been changed.
### About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
DWD serves the worker and the employer to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future by providing WorkOne Career Centers, Unemployment Insurance, Labor Market Information, Regional Workforce Strategies and Professional Training. Through these services, DWD is able to develop a premier workforce that enables Indiana employers to flourish and entices businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana.



Fed. Tax filing deadline extended. MARCH 20, 2020


Authored by Michael Wronsky

The Treasury Department will now extend the April 15 filing deadline, according to Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin. This announcement came via a tweet. Presumably, a formal announcement will be forthcoming from Treasury. Earlier this week, an extension of time to pay some 2019 taxes and 2020 first-quarter estimated payments was granted for the same 90-day period.

In light of this most recent announcement, taxpayers now have until July 15 to file or extend their 2019 tax returns, at which time their 2019 tax liabilities and 2020 first-quarter estimated tax payments will be due in full. Absent any current guidance to the contrary, second-quarter 2020 estimated payments remain due on June 15.

This extension does not automatically apply to state and local payment requirements. Please visit our state tax-filing extension matrix to see if your state has extended its deadlines in response to COVID-19.


Executive Order on the Waiver of Penalties for Delinquent Property Tax Payments March 20, 2020

Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order #20-005 (“E.O. #20-005”) on March 19, 2020. E.O. #20-005 Section 6(B) mandates that all counties waive penalties for delinquent non-escrow property taxes paid within sixty (60) days after May 11, 2020—the May installment due date. Additionally, E.O. #20-005 Section 13(C) directs the state to work with counties that experience cash flow problems because of the waived penalties. The Department of Local Government Finance (“Department”) issues this memorandum to discuss these directives in E.O. #20-005.

Waiver of Penalties for Late Property Tax Payments

E.O. #20-005 states as follows in Section 6, Paragraph B:

“Property taxes remain due on May 11, 2020, however counties are to waive penalties on payments made after May 11, 2020, for a period of 60 days. This waiver does not apply to tax payments which have been escrowed by financial institutions on behalf of property taxpayers.”

Hence, each county shall waive any penalties for any property taxes paid within sixty (60) days after the statutory deadline; therefore, the spring installment may be paid up to and including July 10, 2020 without penalty. However, taxpayers are encouraged to make timely payments (that is, on or before May 11, 2020) in order to ensure orderly operations of government.

Please note that this will not apply to property tax payments made through an escrow account or mortgage company. This waiver applies to property tax liabilities for both real and personal property.

Personal Property Tax Returns

The deadline under IC 6-1.1-3-7 to file personal property returns for the 2020-Pay-2021 tax cycle will remain May 15. However, a taxpayer may on or before May 15 request a thirty (30) day extension under IC 6-1.1-3-7(b). The assessor is encouraged to inform the taxpayers of this extension right and grant this extension to give the taxpayer until June 14, 2020, to make a timely filing.


March 20, 2020

More info from Gov Holcomb:

As many of you are aware, Governor Holcomb held a press conference this afternoon to provide an update on the State of Indiana’s COVID-19 response plan. We would like to provide you with a summary of today’s key topics that apply to your municipality as well as your constituents.

  • Providers of essential utilities (gas, water, electric, broadband, telecom, wastewater) are prohibited from disconnecting service to any customer during the public health emergency. This applies to all utilities.
  • The State of Indiana is delaying penalties for property tax collections due on May 11 by 60 days.
  • The State is delaying all income tax filings and payments until July 15th.
  • The Federal government has not yet delayed the income tax filing deadline of April 15th but payment of Federal income taxes has been delayed until July 15th.
  • The primary election scheduled for May 5th is currently still being held but there are discussions underway for a possible postponement.
  • All schools, public and private, will remain closed until at least May 1st.
    • The number of voucher days for schools is currently limited to 20 days but the State is discussing increasing it for those schools without E Learning.
    • State mandated educational assessments for K-12 have been cancelled for 2020
  • The State of Emergency will be extended for an additional 30 days as it is set to expire April 5, 2020.
  • The State’s application to the US Small Business Administration was approved on Wednesday. Local officials should direct small business owners and nonprofits to this resource in order to apply for low interest loans up to $2 million.
  • No residential housing evictions may occur during this public health crisis, however it does not alleviate the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent or mortgage payments.
  • Participants of HIP and the Children’s Health insurance program are not required to make premium payments until further notice.
  • The Governor and his staff continue to pace an emphasis on social distancing, washing hands and limiting activity in public spaces. Your continued efforts to educate your constituents is very appreciated and beneficial.