The Real Property Tax Advisory Commission is proposing a compromise for homeowners whose properties fall under the new Residential A classification put forth by Mayor Kirk Caldwell last year and approved by the City Council. Read More

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Next year, the typical Travis County homeowner will pay an additional $291 in property taxes to local governments, a nearly 5 percent increase in the average total property tax bill. Read More

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The problem began many years ago when our State Legislature drew boundaries for its school districts and authorized them with local taxing authority. The idea was to enable local control. Specifically, the plan was to empower locally elected school officials to manage the financial needs of their neighborhood schools. Unfortunately, these districts were not created with funding equity in mind. Now equal funding is a real problem, one that is destined to be fought in our courts if we don’t solve it soon. Read More

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Mark T. Brand, a former Indian River school board member, has argued that he is not the legal owner of two buildings in the village occupied by tenants who pay him rent — but state law suggests he is.  Read More

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Would you buy something without having any idea what it costs?

I last posed this question a few months ago, not long after Michigan legislators adopted a bill sharply limiting who the state can go after for payment of delinquent corporate taxes. Read More

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The Association of Indiana Counties’ (AIC) has awarded Allen County the 2014 County Achievement Award for the property tax kiosk in the treasurer’s office. The kiosk is the first of its kind in the nation and was conceptualized by County Treasurer Susan Orth and her staff. The kiosk has already served taxpayers by reducing waiting times during a busy tax collection season. Read More

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Some lakefront property owners are still unhappy with their tax assessments after revised notices were mailed last week, and promise to appeal once more, this time to the state Board of Equalization. Read More

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roposition 8, which allows homeowners to ask for a decrease in their property taxes when their house decreases in value, may wind up raising property taxes this year as house values are rebounding, Capital Public Radio reports.  Read More

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Eight years ago, Idaho's Republican leadership made you a promise. They would reduce your property taxes while taking care of your schools. Too bad it didn't work out that way. During his brief stint as Idaho's interim governor in 2006, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch ramrodded to passage a tax shift - repealing the property tax that then provided schools with $260 million and replacingit with a penny increase in the sales tax that generated only $210 million. Then his successor, Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter, cut school budgets even more to free up cash for tax cuts. The result, Idaho Education News' Kevin Richert reports, has been $1 billion worth of supplemental property taxes school patrons have implemented to backfill some - but far from all - of the schools' losses during the past eight years/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here. Read More

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The next Arizona governor will inherit a debate over a contentious property tax for rooftop solar panels, which Democrat Fred Duval said he opposes.Read More

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Very similar properties can have radically different tax assessments. Upon sale of a residence, the tax assessment can increase by 50 percent or 100 percent or more. The greatest beneficiaries of these tax anomalies are people who have owned the most expensive residences for the longest length of time.  Read More

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Certified election results show a win for the sales tax issue considered by Cape Girardeau voters living within the boundaries of the downtown community improvement district, but a loss for the property-tax issue.  Read More

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 A recent addition to the office furniture manufacturers in the Holland area is geared towards promoting a healthier and more productive work environment.  ROL USA is a Swedish-based company that is already looking to expand.  The company is a world-leader of sit & stand furniture technology.  Norman Chambers, a long-time resident of the Holland area and General Manager for North American Operations, was in attendance at Wednesday’s Holland City Council meeting to ask for a tax abatement for machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures.  The City Council approved the abatement unanimously. Read More

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A judge today rejected a request to bar Fulton County from collecting money from a recent 17 percent property tax increase – a victory for the county in its ongoing battle with critics who say it spends too much. Read More

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One in six Orange County property owners will see their taxes rise this year by more than Prop. 13’s 2-percent limit. In Los Angeles County, one out of every eight property owners will pay more.  Read More

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Individual property tax bills vary wildly because of the mix of tax rates in the patchwork of school districts, municipalities and nearly 1,450 active special-taxing districts across Maricopa County. Here's a look at three elementary school district collections and the impact on property taxes. Read More

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Recent News

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 7:50pm

Last week I wrote about what I am calling the Kansas Property Tax Consultant War.  The Kansas Court of Tax Appeals challenged the arrangements that property tax consultant Jerry Chatam had made with his clients.  Mr. Chatam responded on two fronts and won on both.  On the judicial front, a recent decision by the Kansas Court of Appeals overturned COTA’s decision.  More dramatic was the legislative victory that converted the judges on the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals to members of the Board of Tax Appeals along with other changes favorable to appealing taxpayers or at least their consultants.  For my third post on this topic, I have a first for my blog.  I interview Trevor Wholford,who served as a judge on COTA.  His views on the controversy are a bit different from Mr. Chatam’s, as you might expect.Read More

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 10:24pm

I stumbled on what I call the Kansas Property Tax Consultant War through my regular process of going through the states in alphabetical order looking for interesting cases.  The decision by the Kansas Court of Appeals (KCOA) titled In the Matter of Protest Appeals of Lyerla, Kathy L. Liv. Trust et al really stood out from the pack.  The Court of Tax Appeals (COTA) had knocked out some property tax appeals because required notices had been signed by, in their view, the wrong person and had delved into the relationship between property tax consultant Jerry Chatam, his clients and attorney Linda Terrill, whom Mr. Chatatm regularly hires to represent his clients. It struck me that COTA really got its head handed to it by KCOA. Read More

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 9:54pm

Ten years ago, Miami-Dade owed about $100 in property-tax debt for every resident in the county. Now that obligation is closer to $475 per resident. Read More

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 8:52pm

An Albuquerque man said Sandoval County tax collectors want his family to pay more than $1,000 in property taxes on a building they don’t even own. In fact, there’s no way the family could own the building because it belongs to the United States Postal Service. Read More

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:20pm

The owners of both The Continuum apartments and Innovation Square have ongoing lawsuits against the Alachua County property appraiser and tax collector, saying they should be exempt from nearly $2 million in property taxes combined as nonprofit organizations serving a nonprofit function on behalf of the University of Florida. Read More