SOUTH BEND — When Ryan and Susan Greutman got their new property assessment in the mail this week, they were left baffled, wondering how a 300-square-foot addition to their home could lead to a 59 percent increase in its assessed value.
The couple extended the front wall of their house on the city’s northwest side, so they expected the value of it to increase. But when they received their notice this week, they saw their assessment jump from $123,000 to $194,400.
Multifamily property owners and appraisers are often creatures of habit. They generally calculate a property’s value for tax purposes the same way they do for an investment. If an apartment complex recently traded for $10 million, the buyer’s appraiser may reason that the property would be assessed at $10 million for taxation purposes.
This recent article in the Multifamily Executive highlights a case that Innovative Property Tax Solutions recently won at the Indiana Board of Tax Review. Our results provided our client thousands of dollars in tax relief.
Downtown property owners are getting closer to voluntarily taxing themselves so they can raise more than $3 million a year over the next decade to improve the Mile Square.
Downtown Indy Inc., the city marketing organization leading the move, has more than half the signed petitions it needs for the tax to pass. Downtown Indy President Sherry Siewert said she is confident in getting the rest of the required signatures.
In April, the Indiana Supreme Court handed Kohl’s Corp. a victory when it agreed not to review a lowered property assessment that was awarded to one of Kohl’s stores because of the growing vacancy and dropping values of other shopping centers in its area.
In an unusual legal move, Simon Property Group Inc. has sued Starbucks Corp. over the coffee giant’s plan to close 78 Teavana stores in its malls across the country.
Indianapolis-based Simon, the country’s largest shopping mall operator, says in the lawsuit that Starbucks is breaching its leases by closing the Teavana stores and “shirking its contractual obligations at the expense of Simon’s shopping centers and the dozens of communities they serve and support.”