AZ Prop 130, also known as the Arizona Proposition on Property Taxes, is a ballot initiative aimed at introducing new reforms to property tax policies in the state of Arizona. This article aims to provide an insightful analysis of the proposition, breaking down its key components, and addressing frequently asked questions to help voters make an informed decision.
Courier & Press
A former employee for the Vanderburgh County Assessor's office was arrested Tuesday and accused of breaching its computer system. Scott Michael Hunt, 51, was booked on two counts of offense against computer user, a Level 5 felony; one count of offense against intellectual property, a Level 6 felony; one Class A misdemeanor count of computer trespass; and one count criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor.
Gallatin County is among 49 counties out of the 56 in Montana that decided to charge residents less than what was expected of them, but after a Montana Supreme Court ruling, residents in those 49 counties will now be receiving a second bill. “It was expected. I think what wasn't expected was just, you know, the total proportion increased by about 30%,” says Bozeman resident Steven Ranney.
The operators of the 6-year-old Cramer Hill Elementary School, a Mastery Renaissance school, misunderstood the extent of the property's tax exemption and are delinquent on their 2023 payments to the city. City Council at its Dec. 12 meeting is scheduled to vote on a resolution to permit MSC State & River LLC, the formal titleholder of the real estate at 1001 N. 17th St., to repay the $647,080 it owes in 60 equal monthly payments over five years.
Many Ohioans face high property tax bills after new valuations. In October, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 187, which would have allowed tax commissioners to look at three years of home sales data, reducing some tax burdens dramatically. Butler County, for example, would have dropped from an average of 42% to 25%. It was billed as a temporary fix for 2023, 2024 and 2025.
The board voted 4-1 to make its residents responsible for the remainder of the settlement over the next three years. That means around 5,000 property owners are looking at a $3.75 million bill, plus interest. Estimates say that would mean up to a 12% property tax hike. The district is already paying $1.25 million of the settlement and $1.4 million in legal fees.
Vermont's governor continues to voice his concern for the forecasted hike in property taxes. Should it be passed next year, Vermonters could be paying a lot more in taxes toward the state education fund. Last week, the State Tax Commissioner released the annual December 1 education tax rate letter in which an average 18.5% increase in property taxes would account for more spending on schools.
Cowboy State Daily
The Wyoming Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday in which the Wyoming secretary of state's father tried to challenge Converse County's assessments on his vacant lots in Glenrock. The Converse County assessor demonstrated substantial evidence to uphold the rates at which she taxed Jan Charles Gray's vacant lots in Glenrock from 2016 to 2020, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.