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.
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.
Voters in three Hamilton County cities passed public school referendums to pay for building expansion in Westfield and teachers and programs in Carmel and Sheridan.
Only 10 of the more than 300 districts in Indiana asked voters to approve a raise in property taxes to benefit the schools during this special election. Three of them — Carmel Clay, Westfield-Washington and Sheridan Community Schools — are in Hamilton County. The area has a precedent for supporting referendums.
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.
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.
This is the last installment of a weekly five-part series profiling each of the areas proposed for annexation of the City of Bloomington. This week covers area seven.
Dave and Cheryl Lehman do not consider themselves very politically active beyond watching C-SPAN and putting on a rally at their home for former Democratic governor of Vermont, Howard Dean.
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.
Need help with a tax abatement? Overpaying on your property taxes? Call us today and see how we may be able to save you valuable tax dollars. 219-472-8682. www.innotaxsolutions.com
CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – A School District in Indiana is in the middle of a battle for signature against community members throughout Clark County.
Greater Clark County Schools wants $22 million for school improvements, but some oppose the property tax rate increase that would result from allowing Greater Clark to borrow the money.
Now, there is a new bill in the Indiana legislature that could completely change the way schools spend money – House Bill 1043.