Council admits tax increase more than anticipated – Bob Cox – Journal Review

The Montgomery County Council met Tuesday for the first time since the news about the increase of property tax payments for homeowners became available. The issue was discussed in detail by council members and those in attendance. At the end of the meeting it was clear no councilman has the exact answer on the complicated and complex reasons some property tax payments have doubled. Every councilman was as surprised as the general public.

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Proposed tax hike could help close poor relief gap – Thomas Langhorne – Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A new statewide township reform proposal contains a provision that could — but likely won’t — help reduce a huge disparity in poor relief funding in Vanderburgh County.

As part of the bill that will be heard in the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee next week, townships could appeal to the state for a two-cent increase in their property tax rate funding “township assistance.”

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NACS has signatures for project – Ashley Sloboda – The Journal Gazette

Northwest Allen County Schools continues to check off boxes as it works to place a $34 million referendum for a new elementary school and other improvements on the May ballot.

Community members are also stepping up to help with the referendum efforts.

The 7,500-student district wants to build an elementary school to accommodate growth. It has gained about 500 elementary students since 2009-10 and expects to add nearly 350 more by 2022-23, a recent demographic study found.

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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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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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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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Need for tax revenue leads local government officials to look to churches, hospitals, schools – IUPUI News –

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Charities usually do not pay local property taxes, but a new Indiana University report finds that many Indiana local government officials would consider collecting payments in lieu of taxes from churches, private schools, hospitals and other local charities. The support varies by the type of charity involved.

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