THE NEW 90-DAY DEADLINE: FORCING APPRAISAL DISTRICTS AND APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARDS TO DO THEIR JOBS

Brusniak Turner Fine Updates 10/25/2021

Posted by John Brusniak | Oct 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

INTERNATIONAL

China Plans Property-Tax Trials as It Targets Speculation
The Wall Street Journal
China said it would conduct five-year property-tax trials in some regions of the country as Beijing looks for ways to rein in real-estate speculation and distribute wealth more evenly.


CANADA

Want to know where your property taxes go? New City of Windsor tool provides a 'receipt'
CBC
Ever wonder how, exactly, your tax dollars were spent? The City of Windsor has created a new online tool that brings residents closer to the answer.


ALASKA

Econ 919 -- Building Alaska's largest solar farm
KDLL
An Alaska energy company wants to build its biggest solar panel farm yet on the Kenai Peninsula. First, it's asking the Kenai Peninsula Borough for a tax exemption, which it says will help it produce energy for less.


ARIZONA

Sister Wives: Kody and Robyn Brown are behind on taxes as the other wives move on ahead of new season
Monsters & Critics
Sister Wives stars Kody and Robyn Brown owe delinquent taxes on their home and property in Flagstaff, Arizona. Kody Brown and his fourth wife, Robyn's tax debt has grown since we first reported their delinquency.


CONNECTICUT

Stamford mayoral candidate Bobby Valentine suing city over property taxes
Stamford Advocate
Bobby Valentine, the local baseball legend in his first run for elective office, is embroiled in a 16-month legal dispute with the city over a tax bill for his 2.57-acre estate in North Stamford.


Think your non-profit is locally tax exempt? Don't assume so.
TheDay.com
In spite of a Connecticut statute that requires applying for tax exemption every four years, many town assessors simply kept the original...


IDAHO

Firstfruits properties lose religious exemption
The Challis Messenger 
Since no one from Firstfruits Foundation participated in a telephonic hearing before the Idaho Board of Tax Appeals last week, Custer County Assessor Jacquel Bruno said 17 buildings and 70 acres now valued at $2.3 million will be taxed accordingly.


KANSAS

Kan. Panel Affirms Valuation Method For Walgreens, CVS
Law360
CVS and Walgreens properties in Kansas could reduce their property tax valuations by using a "hypothetical leased fee" method that valued the properties based on potential leases rather than the current...


MASSACHUSETTS

$2.7 billion Westfield data center project heads to the state following council vote
MassLive.com
But that vote over the 40-year abatement that would absolve developers of taxes on equipment added to the planned data center is still controversial.


MONTANA

Are Billings voters willing to pay more property taxes for more police and fire?
KTVQ
Billings city officials have been pushing hard for the public safety mill levy, but the big question is whether homeowners will be willing to pony up more in property taxes for the second straight year to pass it.


NEW JERSEY

18-Year Tax Abatement in Store for Newark's 'BLVD' Development
Jersey Digs
Boulevard, is the subject of a tax abatement ordinance that was introduced by the Newark Municipal Council in September. While new tax breaks for...


NEW YORK

Just in time for Halloween: Addams Family sues Mount Pleasant
West Fair Online
The setting is a century-old mansion in bucolic Mount Pleasant. The cast is the ghoulish Addams Family. The setup is a clash between the macabre characters and earnest town officials.


OREGON

Google set to win new tax breaks in The Dalles, but uncertainty lingers over an earlier deal
Oregon Live
City councilors in The Dalles are due to sign off Monday night on a new package of tax breaks for Google, which is considering building two new data centers along the Columbia River.


As Mid-Valley home values spike, so do property taxes
Statesman Journal
For questions about a property tax assessment in Polk County, call the assessor's office at 503-623-8391. Bill Poehler covers Marion County for the...


PENNSYLVANIA

Pottstown Hospital to remain off tax rolls
The Mercury
October 24, 2021 at 6:30 a.m.. POTTSTOWN — A Montgomery County judge has ruled that Pottstown Hospital can continue to be exempt from property taxes.


TEXAS

Exxon to Shutter Two Houston Office Towers After Worker Exodus
Bloomberg
Exxon Mobil Corp. plans to close two Houston-area office towers after a raft of unprecedented job cuts and employee departures over the past year and a half.


Analysis: A quick turn on property taxes with the long game in mind
The Texas Tribune 
Property taxes are higher in Texas than in all but a handful of other states. Voters know that, and when voters are interested, so are the people who depend on those voters for political survival.


Misprinted tax forms mailed to Brazos County property owners
KAGS
After months of data preparation, the Brazos County Tax Office was made aware that over 110,000 misprinted tax forms were sent out to property owners. The tax documents started arriving in mailboxes this week.


Texas Comptroller says UCAD needs improvement
Uvalde Leader News
The audit looks at the appraisal district's governance, taxpayer assistance, operating procedures and appraisal standards. UCAD chief appraiser...


WISCONSIN

Polk County home value increase in top 10 statewide
The Sun
A new study shows home values in Polk County have grown 47.33% in the past five years, placing the county in the top 10 for rate of increases in Wisconsin.


Lodge Kohler seeks to lower assessment by $4.5 million
The Press Times
Assessor Paul Denor said Somers could seek an appeal with the board not changing the assessment, whether or not a hearing was conducted. 

About the Author

John Brusniak

John Brusniak, Jr. is the dean of Texas property tax litigation.  He was licensed to practice law in 1976,   His early career involved general litigation and appellate work in both the federal and state courts until he was handed his first property tax matter.  It arose prior to the implementatio...

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