Downward trend: Predicting base rate of farmland for property taxes – Larry DeBoer – Reporter.net

The late, great George Carlin had a routine about a weather forecaster.

“The forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark throughout the night, with scattered light in the morning.”

Some predictions are easy.

Predicting the base rate of farmland used to be easy too. The base rate is the starting point for setting the assessed value of farmland for property taxes. The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance recalculates it every year with a capitalization formula. They divide measures of farm income by a rate of return. The base rate for taxes this year is $1,960 per acre.

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Meijer and Kohl’s aim to slash their property taxes in St. Joseph County – Ted Booker – South Bend Tribune

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes are at stake in a legal brawl between big-box stores and St. Joseph County.

Three Meijer and two Kohl’s stores in the county have appealed their property assessments for multiyear periods.

The retailers, faced with challenges as more people shop online, want to slash property taxes by arguing stores should be taxed the same as vacant ones, also known as dark boxes.

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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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St. Joseph County leaders push assessor to cooperate with property tax study – Ted Booker – South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — St. Joseph County commissioners are pushing the assessor, Rosemary Mandrici, to cooperate with a property tax study, with one even threatening part of the funding for her office.

The conflict comes as only three months are left on the year-long, $125,000 taxpayer-funded study of property assessments led by enFocus, a South Bend consulting firm that specializes in data analysis.

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Supreme Court Passes On Costly Big Box Store Property Tax Case – Indiana Public Media – Brandon Smith

The Indiana Supreme Court’s decision Thursday not to hear a case will likely cost local governments millions of dollars in property tax revenue.

The conflict surrounds property tax valuations of big box stores – in this case, a Kohl’s. Local governments say the assessment should be based on how much value the property is worth to the current user, not some hypothetical future user.

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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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Residents question if tax break violates law – The Daily Journal – Jacob Tellers

Greenwood officials and a developer say a tax break for the proposed Greenwood Iceplex is necessary, but some residents are questioning if the city is acting outside the boundaries of state law.

Minor-league hockey team Indy Fuel owners Jim and Sean Hallett have proposed the Greenwood Iceplex with up to four ice rinks to be built on 6 acres at Freedom Park. They have requested a five-year, $450,000 property tax break, and the city has also offered to lease the land for $1 a month for 60 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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Officials: NTK bringing 198 jobs, $98 million investment to Anderson – Ken de la Bastide – The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON – A sister company to NTN Driveshaft will make a $98 million investment in Anderson that will bring 198 jobs to the city.

Anderson city officials will announce this morning that NTK Precision Axel Corp. will build a 300,000 square foot facility to the west of the NTN Driveshaft building near 73rd Street and Layton Road.

NTK hopes to start production at the Anderson facility in October 2018. The last of the 198 jobs are expected to be created by 2021.

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