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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The Dark Store Theory and Other Lies the Government Told – Judy S. Engel and Lynn S. Linné – Bloomberg BNA

Dark stores are closed and vacant commercial buildings. Big-box retailers have argued that dark stores can be considered when valuing their property. Assessors and appraisers have argued that dark stores are not comparable to open and operating stores, and shouldn’t be used for property tax valuation. In this article, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.’s Judy Engel and Lynn Linné discuss the dark stores theory and why using vacant stores in property valuation is an acceptable appraisal practice.

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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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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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Predicting the Base Rate of Farmland for Property Taxes – Larry DeBoer – cattlenetwork.com

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 state’s Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) 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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3 Hamilton County school districts pass referendums – IndyStar – Emma Kate Fittes

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.

Read more…http://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/hamilton-county/2017/05/02/3-hamilton-county-school-districts-pass-referendums/101195884/

 

U.S. Property Taxes Levied On Single Family Homes In 2016 Total More Than $277 Billion – Attom Data Solutions – PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif.April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s largest fused property database, today released a 2016 property tax analysis for more than 84 million U.S. single family homes, which shows that property taxes levied on single family homes in 2016 totaled $277.7 billion, an average of $3,296 per home and an effective tax rate of 1.15 percent.

The report analyzed property tax data collected from county tax assessor offices nationwide at the state, metro and county level along with estimated market values of single family homes calculated using an automated valuation model (AVM). The effective tax rate was the average annual property tax expressed as a percentage of the average estimated market value of homes in each geographic area.

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