A circuit court judge in northwest Indiana ruled this week that Porter County could not withdraw from a local regional development authority.

The Jasper County Court ruled Monday in favor of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority by saying the Porter County Council cannot legally uphold its decision to leave the RDA. The council last year voted 4 to 3 to withdraw from the authority. The decision means Porter must continue to make $3.5 million in annual payments to the RDA.

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