Tracking how central Indiana schools are spending tax referendums – Stephanie Wade – RTV6

INDIANAPOLIS — Next month schools will once again ask you to approve money requests on your May ballot. 

As we saw in last year’s elections, passing school referendums can be a hotly contested issue. But when it came down to it, voters mostly backed the schools. 

What was promised to voters in many referendums was to better pay teachers and increased security inside their buildings. RTV6 followed up with several districts that asked for millions of dollars from taxpayers to see if they’ve accomplished what they said they would

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Bill would reverse court ruling defining tax – Niki Kelly – The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – A House panel approved a bill Monday that would reverse a court ruling on what constitutes a tax in Indiana.

Lawmakers are trying to undo an Indiana Tax Court ruling that could have profound negative impacts on local government finance around the state.

But even some of the legislators in support of the measure disagree with the basis of the bill – a user fee versus a tax.

Rep. John Young, R-Franklin, said he isn’t sure the case “is going to turn everything on its head” but that it puts the legislature in a tough position.

He added that you can call them fees all you want but “I don’t know why a stormwater fee that you can’t opt out of isn’t a property tax.”

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Lake County tax case dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction – Olivia Covington – Indiana Lawyer.com

A northern Indiana trial court must dismiss a case it originally transferred to the Indiana Tax Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday after finding insufficient evidence to prove the tax court’s jurisdiction.

After the Department of Local Government Finance issued its first “weighed average” township assistance property tax rate in 2015, the town of Griffith sought to transfer out of Calumet Township under Indiana Code section 36-1-1.5-2. That section, enacted in 2013, allows “eligible municipalities” to transfer to an adjacent township if their original township has a township assistance property tax rate that is 12 times higher than the statewide average.

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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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Larry DeBoer: Circuit breakers, growth quotients and property taxes – Kokomo Tribune

I had the opportunity to speak to a meeting of the International Association of Assessing Officers in Indianapolis last fall. That’s a group that does education and research about property tax assessment, and they’re a big help to assessing officials around the world. Mostly, I talked about farmland assessment in Indiana, but I mentioned some of our other property tax policies, too.

Source: Larry DeBoer: Circuit breakers, growth quotients and property taxes