Voters in Limestone County, a fast-growing county in north Alabama, rejected the renewal of property taxes that help fund public schools. With 96% of the votes counted, the unofficial results of Tuesday's special election show that voters said no to renewing three different property tax regimes that help fund schools in Limestone County. If approved, the ballot measures would have maintained taxation at current levels.
Susan Piekenbrock said when she first looked at this year's tax bill from the Collier County Property Appraiser's Office, her “eyes popped out of her head.” The tax bill on her dream house in The Moorings beach neighborhood that she shares with her husband Robert was roughly $44,785, up from $26,300 the previous year, which was up from $12,551 in 2021 – representing a near quadrupling of taxes owed in just a few years.
Good news for New York homeowners: many will likely see cuts in their county taxes or at least no increases on their yearly property-tax bills in January. Across the state, county governments have set or are finalizing 2024 budgets that in many cases would cut the average tax rates that property owners pay. The savings may be modest, but the trend counts as a win for taxpayers whose bills tend to climb each year and rarely go down.
On Nov. 27, the Butler County Board of Commissioners elected to reduce their collection of property taxes next year by $5.8 million. This means, instead of collecting its fully allocated amount, the county will collect the same as it did in 2023. This will save the average Butler County homeowner approximately $40, officials said.
A $28.5 million assessment of a Madison apartment building satisfied the Wisconsin Constitution's tax uniformity clause, because the owner didn't prove a “general undervaluation” of comparable properties. Veritas Village LLC argued that its witness' report, which contrasted properties' assessed values with their sales prices, proved that the city undervalued comparable properties while its building was assessed at fair market value, imposing an excessive tax burden on the owner.
Property tax is a hot issue in Wyoming politics. Residential property tax assessments have increased in recent years, and some are feeling the squeeze. These concerns are not entirely without cause, as some genuinely struggle with the increase. However, the reasons why assessments have increased are not well understood and the main proposed response would do more harm than good.