Court rejects property tax exemption for Portage Steelworkers hall – Dan Carden – NWITimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS — United Steelworkers Local 6787 is not primarily a charitable or educational entity, and, as a result, its Portage union hall and banquet center are not eligible for a property tax exemption.

In a 12-page ruling, Indiana Tax Court Judge Martha Blood Wentworth rejected the union’s claim that because its members generally are better educated than other citizens due to participation in union activities, and its buildings sometimes are used for free by charitable groups, that it qualifies to pay no property tax.

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Pines Village seeks to restore exemptions on $20 million in property – NWITimes.com – Bob Kasarda

The Pines Village Retirement Communities in Valparaiso has appealed to the state to recover tax exemptions on more than $20 million in assessed value on its apartments and Meridian Woods Homes condominium development.

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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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