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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Property Tax Caps Mean More Local Fees, Report Finds – Indiana Public Media – By DERON MOLEN, WFYI

Two new reports have found property tax caps have kept more money in taxpayers’ pockets, but they’ve also forced local governments to generate revenue through new fees.

According to the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, property tax caps have cost local governments more than $760 million in potential revenue since they were implemented in 2009.

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Counties: Growth in Tax-Exempt Properties is Squeezing Budgets – WIBC – Eric Berman

Indiana counties are seeking help getting property tax dollars from parcels that pay little or nothing.

$17 billion dollars in Indiana land is tax exempt because it’s religious or government property, forest land, or the property of a nonprofit. Counties say they’re losing money, but Association of Indiana Counties executive director David Bottorff says it’s also a fairness issue — the county has to provide services no matter how much a property pays in taxes.

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