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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Simon sues Starbucks in bid to block mass Teavana closings – Indiana Business Journal Staff – Indiana Lawyer

In an unusual legal move, Simon Property Group Inc. has sued Starbucks Corp. over the coffee giant’s plan to close 78 Teavana stores in its malls across the country.

Indianapolis-based Simon, the country’s largest shopping mall operator, says in the lawsuit that Starbucks is breaching its leases by closing the Teavana stores and “shirking its contractual obligations at the expense of Simon’s shopping centers and the dozens of communities they serve and support.”

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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 odds are good if you appeal your property assessment in St. Joseph County – Erin Blasko – South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Chuck Watts was unhappy to learn recently that he’d pay more in property taxes this year after the county increased the taxable value of his Centre Township home by more than $20,000.

“I was shocked,” said Watts, who has lived there since 1993 and has never seen such an increase. He plans to appeal the $164,000 assessment.

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Baraboo joins tax fight against retailers – Ben Bromley – Baraboo New Republic

Baraboo is joining communities statewide in asking the state Legislature to close a tax loophole exploited by big-box retailers.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution asking for legislation to eliminate the “dark stores” loophole. National retail chains looking to reduce their property tax burden are suing municipalities over their assessments, claiming their stores should be valued the same as vacant buildings of comparable size.

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