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.

Read More…

‘Cutting edge’ deal gives $1.2M to Ind. schools – The Courier Journal_Kristen Clark

A Clarksville Redevelopment Commission decision to share $1.2 million with local schools over the next three years, to fund things such as laptops for students and digital whiteboard replacement, seemed “progressive” and “cutting edge” to Clarksville School Board President Bill Wilson — not because of the dollar amount or what it will pay for, but because of where the money is coming from.

Read More…

Counties Not Exempting Business Personal Property Tax – News – Indiana Public Media – Payne Horning

The business personal property tax exemption, which lawmakers spent most of the 2014 session debating, recently became available for local governments.

Supporters said the option could allow counties to be more competitive, but counties so far aren’t taking advantage of the new tool.

Read More:  http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/counties-exempting-business-personal-property-tax-85634/

New York and Indiana Take Different Approaches to Zombie Properties

In the lingo of the mortgage trade, a “zombie property” occurs when a foreclosure case has been filed but is not resolved for a period of more than three years, resulting in an abandoned structure that falls into disrepair, thus bringing blight to its neighborhood. Two states have announced new initiatives that are designed to address this issue–but their respective solutions offer extremely different approaches to the problem.

Source: New York and Indiana Take Different Approaches to Zombie Properties