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Brusniak Turner Fine Updates 11/14/2022

Posted by John Brusniak | Nov 14, 2022 | 0 Comments


Jonesboro library system making plans to contend with losing half its tax support
Arkansas Online
Left with about half of its revenue after voters slashed its funding, the Craighead County Jonesboro Library System is looking for a way to live in its new reality. Voters in the county and city voted to decrease the library's 2.0 mill tax to 1.0 mill during Tuesday's election. The initiative, launched by Craighead Citizens Taxed Enough, gained the support of 5,626 voters in the county and 9,017 in the city.


Palm Beach County voters overwhelmingly approve renewal of teacher-funding property tax
The Capitolist
A property tax to fund teacher salaries and miscellaneous school resources was overwhelmingly supported by Palm Beach County voters on election night, renewing the measure for another four years. Seventy-four percent of voters chose to renew the property tax building upon the support received in 2018 when seventy-two percent of ballots supported the proposal.


Embattled assessor retains office
Coeur d'Alene Press
After an election cycle marked by sharp criticism from his staff, an unprecedented pay cut and a lawsuit, Kootenai County Assessor Béla Kovacs was victorious Wednesday in his bid to retain his office over write-in candidate Bob Scott.


Why Amendment 1 is too close to call
Illinois Policy
The New York Times reported 58% of Illinoisans voted in favor of the constitutional amendment based on data from over 95% of counties Nov. 11. That number alone would mean the amendment would fail unless the uncounted ballots give it 60% of the vote on the question, but there is another way it could pass.


Indiana voters reject 4 of 8 school referendums for property tax increases
Four of the eight Indiana school districts with ballot questions to approve property-tax levies failed to receive voter approval Tuesday in the midterm election. Leaders at Brown County Schools, Delphi Community School Corp. in Carroll County, Medora Community School Corp. in Jackson County, and MSD of Wabash County could not convince their communities to support the extra cost to property bills.

Tippman Group investing $31.5 million in Anderson expansion
Herald Bulletin
The Tippman Group, which opened Interstate Cold Storage in 2019, is preparing for their third expansion in Anderson. Greg Winkler, executive director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, said Thursday since the company located in Anderson it has invested almost $80 million.


Louisiana voters approve three constitutional amendments that will help taxpayers
Veterans with disabilities will now pay less for property taxes after voters approved Amendment 2 by nearly 73%. Those with a 100% service-connected disability rating or a 100% unemployability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and their spouses will no longer be required to pay any parish property taxes on their homestead if they live there.


Personal property bills jump by 20 percent
Personal property tax bills are hitting mailboxes and inboxes and many will be shocked to see the increase. “What we're seeing in the City of St. Louis is about a 20 percent increase on average,” said Michael Dauphin, the assessor for the city. It's happening in every county across the state.


Appellate court upholds town's valuation of Colonie Center mall for tax purposes
Times Union
A mid-level appellate court panel has ruled against the owners of Colonie Center in a dispute over the mall's value, which is used to calculate school and property taxes. “We find no error in Supreme Court's rejection of (Colonie Center appraiser Edward) Williams' appraisal and resultant dismissal of these proceedings,” appellate justices wrote in an Oct. 27 decision upholding the lower trial court's opinion.


College student who's never had a job before wins tax collector race
Sebastian Cothran has never held a 40-hour a week job, never had a boss and never lived on his own. Yet the 21-year-old college student will soon face the sobering responsibility of collecting $40 million in property taxes that keep Haywood County humming. Cothran ousted current Tax Collector Greg West, who had achieved the highest tax collection rate in the county's history, in Tuesday's election.


DCAD board appoints new chief appraiser
Cross Timbers Gazette
The Denton Central Appraisal District Board on Thursday voted to appoint a new permanent chief appraiser. Hope McClure was removed from her position as chief appraiser in September after a majority of Denton County taxing entities disapproved the district's budget and criticized her leadership. The deputy chief appraiser, Don Spencer, was named interim chief appraiser during that Sept. 13 board meeting.

Hunt County voters pass property tax freeze for seniors, people with disabilities
The measure passed with more than 90 percent of voters approving the ballot item. A homestead designation refers to a person's primary or only residence. Hunt County Chief Appraiser Brent South told the Greenville Herald Banner the tax freeze will affect a little less than 10,000 property owners.

Austin ISD to vote on NXP's $100M tax break
Austin Business Journal
The Netherlands-based semiconductor manufacturer is seeking millions in property tax abatements as it plans to make more than $2 billion investment into its local operations.

Katy ISD and Fort Bend ISD teachers may not see salary increase after voters vote against school tax rate proposition
ABC13 Houston
Katy and Fort Bend ISD will not be able to immediately increase their teacher salaries after voters voted against keeping a school tax rate. The state has told Katy ISD to reduce their maintenance and operating tax rate by 4.7 cents. To make up for that, Katy put it on the ballot, asking voters to pay the 4.7-cent difference.


Two separate property tax increases may be the solution to balancing the budget in Port Angeles
Property taxes for residents of Port Angeles will likely be going up slightly in 2023. On Tuesday, the City Council will vote on the tax levy for next year's budget. Staff have proposed raising property taxes by 1%, as allowed by state law. That 1% will raise about $50,000. 

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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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