$4.4M in city tax breaks on track for approval – Dave Taylor – Tribune Star

Tax breaks for some significant industrial and commercial investments in Terre Haute are making their way through the approval process. The procedure requires two votes by the City Council, the mayor’s signature and action by the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety.

The public works board signed off Tuesday on property tax abatements totaling $4.4 million on $48 million in investments that businesses say will create or retain 158 jobs with annual payrolls totaling $8.2 million. Salaries would range from $42,567 to $75,000.

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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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Group calls for review of commercial tax assessments – Dave Taylor – Tribune Star

An outside review of commercial property assessments is the first recommendation from a group working for more efficiency in Terre Haute and Vigo County government.

A 10-member team study team chaired by restaurant owner Scott Womack released a report Wednesday charging that under-assessment is costing the city and county millions of dollars in property tax revenues.

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Steel firm’s plans to leave Cook County for Indiana blamed on anti-business policies – Michael Carroll – Illinois New Network

A Cook County steel plant is laying the groundwork to relocate to Gary, Ind., after winning the Gary Redevelopment Commission’s go-ahead this week for a 25-acre purchase of industrial land.

The move by Alliance Steel Corp. prompted observers of Illinois’ business climate to say it reflects a continuing out-migration of Illinois businesses looking to escape high taxes, bad public policies and a looming pension crisis. The company expects to employ about 100 people at its planned 250,000-square-foot plant in Gary.

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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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