Daily NAPTA Update 7.28.2023

Posted by Diane Macri | Jul 28, 2023 | 0 Comments


Trial underway for Furie, oil and gas company who doesn't want to pay property taxes
The Alaska Landmine
The trial for Furie's property tax dispute with the State of Alaska and Kenai Peninsula Borough began yesterday in Anchorage. Judge Herman Walker is presiding over the case. Because it's an administrative appeal, there is no jury. John Hendrix, the owner of HEX (who bought the assets of Furie and two debtors, Cornucopia and Corsair out of bankruptcy in 2020), filed the lawsuit in June of 2021.


L.A. County Property Values Mark 13 Years of Continuous Growth
The 2023 Assessment Roll's growth translates to a record $1.997 trillion in total net value that will put about $20 billion property tax dollars towards funding vital public services such as public education, first responders and healthcare workers, as well as other County services.


Crowds crush Tax Assessors office after Richmond County massive reassessments
There's a well-worn path to the Richmond County Tax Assessors office as property owners appeal their reassessments. “To date, we've had about 450 appeals. Looking back at prior years, it is probably 50% more than we typically get during the appeal period,” said Scott Roundtree, the Chief Appraiser for Richmond County. For the second year in a row, it's sticker shock for thousands of property owners.


Council calls for outside reviews of property assessments
The New Orleans City Council on Thursday asked state authorities to review whether Assessor Erroll Williams' office properly conducted a recent citywide reassessment, citing findings that the assessor used “sales chasing” during the last quadrennial assessment. Williams has long denied that he uses the forbidden tactic, which involves selectively appraising recently sold properties based solely on what buyers paid. 


Equity theft debate: Worcester woman could lose her home over tax bill
Nancy Rodriguez can't believe what happened to her, and she's gone to court to make sure it doesn't happen to others. “It's been a nightmare,” said Rodriguez. The nightmare started in August when Rodriguez said she received a letter in the mail informing her that she no longer owned her home at 24 Tatman St. because of unpaid property taxes. 


Jackson County may be forced to pay back millions in taxes to the Country Club Plaza
In a major loss for Jackson County, the Missouri State Tax Commission has ruled that the county overvalued the Country Club Plaza in 2019 by 38%. If that ruling is upheld on an expected appeal, taxing districts — including Kansas City Public Schools — would be forced to refund the Plaza millions of dollars. 


Nebraska Senators propose eliminating property tax system to reform property valuations
A couple of state senators compared the governor's plan to reform growing property valuations to rearranging chairs on the Titanic. Sens. Steve Erdman and Steve Halloran say the state can't fix the property valuation process unless Nebraska eliminates the property tax system. Their new EPIC Option Consumption Tax proposal butts heads with Gov. Jim Pillen's new working group announced Monday.


Group wanting to eliminate ND property tax officially launches statewide effort
A group pushing to eliminate North Dakota's property tax officially launched its website and a statewide initiated measure effort today. The End Unfair Property Tax Committee, led by Bismarck businessman Rick Becker, is seeking signatures for an initiated measure that would eliminate the property tax as a revenue stream for local governments.


Discount Stores, Experiential Real Estate Help Backfill Houston's Vacant Retail Spaces
A grocer shuttering three Houston-area stores plus the failure of two legacy chains added 625K SF of vacancy to Houston's retail market, edging its vacancy rate over the national average. But backfill from discount stores, fitness and experiential retail helped it maintain a “healthy” 95.1% occupancy while another 1M SF of deliveries are expected this year, according to a midyear report from Weitzman.

Limestone County Appraisals Go Haywire as Dilapidated Homes See Stark Value Increase
Groesbeck Journal
A ramshackle house on East Hopkins St. in Mexia sits on a lot overgrown with weeds and cascaded by rotting siding. This peeling structure is emblematic of the glitches that have wrought havoc on home values in the county and the entity tasked with assessing them — havoc that includes a canceled contract and the chief appraiser's resignation.


Marshfield Clinic sues city for property tax exemption of Eau Claire Campus
Leader Telegram
Currently the health care system pays about $1.1 million in local property taxes for its buildings and land located along Craig Road, but the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday afternoon in Eau Claire County Court argues for a full refund of 2022 taxes and to declare the properties tax-exempt.


Record number have property tax appeals. Most won't succeed.
Anticipating a record number of people attempting to challenge their property's assessed value through a county hearing, Teton County commissioners are asking landowners to use the venue appropriately. “In recent years we have had many landowners appeal their property taxes and not have any credible evidence that the county assessor had done something incorrect or unlawful,” they said in a letter.

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