Property tax fiscal cliff focus of forum – Jeff Parrott – South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — A group focusing on economic justice issues plans to lobby the South Bend Common Council to start requiring businesses that receive property tax breaks to pay workers at least the minimum wage earned by city employees.

That’s one of several proposals that Marty Wolfson, a retired University of Notre Dame economics professor, wants local elected officials to embrace as they struggle to maintain services in the face of declining property tax revenues over the next three years.

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Jehl wants to rework policy on abatements – Journal Gazette – Niki Kelly & Brian Francisco

City Councilman Russ Jehl has a proposal to amend Fort Wayne’s tax abatement policy.

Jehl, R-2nd, said Tuesday that updating the policy is necessary to better reflect the council’s views.

Tax abatements are a popular economic development tool offered by municipalities to entice business investment. Abatements phase in business personal property taxes over a period of time, typically five to 10 years.

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Council members get earful from restaurant tax foes, supporters – Howard Dukes – South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Everybody likes the zoo.

However, support for a proposal to implement a food and beverage tax to raise funds is far from unanimous. That was what members of the Mishawaka and South Bend common councils and the St. Joseph County Council learned from the input they received at a spirited public hearing Wednesday on what has become known as the “zoo tax.”

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Judge allows Peabody Energy to pay property taxes – AP – Michigan City News Dispatch –

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday agreed to let Peabody Energy go ahead and pay nearly $30 million in property taxes in four states while the coal company goes through bankruptcy reorganization.

The decision in federal court in St. Louis should help end uncertainty for communities in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Indiana.

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Counties: Growth in Tax-Exempt Properties is Squeezing Budgets – WIBC – Eric Berman

Indiana counties are seeking help getting property tax dollars from parcels that pay little or nothing.

$17 billion dollars in Indiana land is tax exempt because it’s religious or government property, forest land, or the property of a nonprofit. Counties say they’re losing money, but Association of Indiana Counties executive director David Bottorff says it’s also a fairness issue — the county has to provide services no matter how much a property pays in taxes.

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Property taxes, annexation top concerns – Erica Quinlan – AgriNews

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Farm Bureau delegates called for property tax relief and higher gas taxes during an annual delegate session Aug. 29.

More than 260 people from across the state met to discuss policies that will guide the organization through 2016. It’s the most important meeting of the year, said Don Villwock, president of Indiana Farm Bureau.

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