$4.4M in city tax breaks on track for approval – Dave Taylor – Tribune Star

Tax breaks for some significant industrial and commercial investments in Terre Haute are making their way through the approval process. The procedure requires two votes by the City Council, the mayor’s signature and action by the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety.

The public works board signed off Tuesday on property tax abatements totaling $4.4 million on $48 million in investments that businesses say will create or retain 158 jobs with annual payrolls totaling $8.2 million. Salaries would range from $42,567 to $75,000.

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Lower Property Taxes are Silver Lining for Landlords in Weak Retail Market – Esther Fung – Fox Business

In April, the Indiana Supreme Court handed Kohl’s Corp. a victory when it agreed not to review a lowered property assessment that was awarded to one of Kohl’s stores because of the growing vacancy and dropping values of other shopping centers in its area.

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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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