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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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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Proposed legislation on school spending causing battle in Clark Co. – Andrea Centlivre – Wave3News

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.

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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.

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Gary’s property tax rates lead the state – Bill Dolan – NWI.com

Gary residents have the dubious distinction of living under the highest property tax rates in the state.

A Times survey of data released by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance shows Gary’s property owners face a tax rate of more than $7.20 per $100 assessed valuation this year.

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Two local school districts will pose referendums – Carmen McCollum – Kokomo Perspective

The School City of East Chicago will join the School Town of Munster this May in asking voters to pay higher taxes to fund those respective school districts.

East Chicago is asking voters for additional money to boost its operating fund. Munster is asking for two referendums — a general fund referendum to assist the operating budget and a construction referendum to renovate school buildings.

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