Simon sues Starbucks in bid to block mass Teavana closings – Indiana Business Journal Staff – Indiana Lawyer

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.”

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U.S. Property Taxes Levied On Single Family Homes In 2016 Total More Than $277 Billion – Attom Data Solutions – PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif.April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s largest fused property database, today released a 2016 property tax analysis for more than 84 million U.S. single family homes, which shows that property taxes levied on single family homes in 2016 totaled $277.7 billion, an average of $3,296 per home and an effective tax rate of 1.15 percent.

The report analyzed property tax data collected from county tax assessor offices nationwide at the state, metro and county level along with estimated market values of single family homes calculated using an automated valuation model (AVM). The effective tax rate was the average annual property tax expressed as a percentage of the average estimated market value of homes in each geographic area.

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House Panel Passes Bill to Take Over Gary, Muncie Schools – Brian Slodysko – US News

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State-appointed emergency managers would take control of financially troubled school districts in Gary and Muncie under a bill advancing in the Indiana Legislature, which creates a blueprint that could be used to take over other distressed districts in the future.

Financial problems with both districts have been well documented, though officials for Muncie Community Schools joined lawmakers from the area to plead unsuccessfully for a reprieve during a Monday hearing.

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Big swings coming to property tax bills – Staff Reports – Washington Times Herald

Daviess County taxpayers will see unexpected fluctuations in the amount of property taxes they owe on their homes when property tax bills hit mailboxes later this month.

Due to a change in state law made by the Indiana General Assembly last year, the homestead property tax deduction every homeowner in Daviess County will be 22.0124 percent. This will be a change from previous years when the percentage varied by taxing unit.

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WIll There Be Too Few Appraisers in 10 Years? – Robert Freedman – National Association Of Realtors

One of the most important issues facing residential real estate in the coming years has to do with the appraisal profession. Although appraisers are generally satisfied with their work and expect to stay in the profession in the years ahead, the median age of appraisers is close to 55. As a result, a big wave of retirements is expected in about 10 years.

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Big box stores gird for battle with Wis. cities – The Daily Press – AP feed

A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature.

Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to close the so-called dark store loophole and increase how much the mega-retailers pay local communities in property taxes.

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Some Carmel homeowners see property taxes increase – Adam Aasen – Current In Carmel

When the Carmel City Council passed its 2016 budget in October, it included a tax rate of 71.43 cents per $100 of assessed property value for homeowners, only about a penny increase from the 2015 rate of 70.07 cents.

But now that the property tax bills have reached Carmel mailboxes, residents are finding out that the actual rate for 2016 is 83.56 cents per $100, or 19 percent greater than the rate attached to the budget. For a home valued at $300,000, that’s about $400 more a year in city property taxes.

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Illinois-Based Manufacturer Expanding in Lake County – 6/28/2016 – IN.GOV

Indianapolis Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith and Hobart Mayor Brian K. Snedecor joined executives of NB Coatings, a Japan-owned manufacturer of automotive coatings for plastics, today as the company broke ground on its new northwest Indiana facility, creating up to 22 new jobs by 2018. Among all U.S. states, Indiana has the largest amount of Japanese investment per capita with more than 250 Japan-based businesses operating in Indiana today, said Governor Mike Pence. As a state, we’ve made it a top priority to establish a pro-growth business environment that is attracting job creation from across the globe, and today Im proud to welcome yet another international business to the Hoosier state.

Source: Illinois-Based Manufacturer Expanding in Lake County – 6/28/2016 – IN.GOV