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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Real estate groups oppose South Bend landlord registry – South Bend Tribune – Erin Blasko

A proposal requiring that landlords register their properties with the city on an annual basis is coming under fire from local real estate groups ahead of a planned vote on the measure scheduled for [Monday] tonight.

In a recent letter to the Common Council, the South Bend-Mishawaka Association of Realtors outlined five concerns about the proposal, which supporters say is necessary to hold landlords more accountable for the upkeep of their properties.

Among other things, the group believes the fines are too high and that much of the information required by the proposal is “irrelevant” to the task of identifying property owners and also available elsewhere in public records.

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