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Brusniak Turner Fine Updates 11/21/2022

Posted by John Brusniak | Nov 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

INTERNATIONAL

Public buildings in England and Wales likely to get 15%-20% tax rises next year
The Guardian
The government on Thursday released details of a revaluation of properties across England and Wales for the calculation of business rates, with many public buildings expected to be among the losers and those in big offices, the largest retail properties and historic hotels among the winners.


NATIONAL

Why Office Buildings Are Still in Trouble
The New York Times
With the pandemic receding, children back in school and businesses telling employees to return to the office, the companies that own big office buildings were hoping to move on this fall from a nightmarish two years. Instead, things got worse.


ARKANSAS

Tech troubles for county offices after statewide hack
KAIT
It's an unordinary case for the Greene County Assessor's office, as their ways of getting the job done have changed in the last two weeks. Assessor Jane Moudy said the state told them to do their best to continue working, but for an office where all of their tools and information are on the computers, that is much easier said than done.


CALIFORNIA

The UC Strike Has Been 50 Years in the Making
CURBED
Close to 50,000 academic workers across the University of California system have walked out this week in what may be the largest strike in California history. Since Monday, when the strike began, classes across the system's ten campuses have been canceled because there's no one to lead them.


COLORADO

Uncertainty Plagues Denver CRE, But Bright Spots Remain
BisNow
When it comes to Denver's CRE landscape at the end of 2022, we can only say one thing for sure: Nothing's certain. Panelists underscored that theme at Bisnow's Nov. 16 Denver State of the Market event at Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row in the Ballpark neighborhood, focusing on unpredictability and upheaval across a range of factors. 


Colorado High Court Expedites Covid Property Assessment Cases
Bloomberg Tax
The Colorado Supreme Court agreed to step in to consider whether counties should have reassessed commercial properties to take pandemic restrictions into account. Business owners filed 11 similar suits seeking revaluation of their properties for the 2020 tax year after the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting government restrictions denied them access to and use of their properties. 


FLORIDA

Homebuyers Who Fled to Florida to Escape Taxes Are Aghast at Tax Bills
Business Insider
Earlier this year, Eugene Bednarski, 59, paid his usual $1,600 in property taxes to Pasco County, Florida — north of Tampa on the western coast of the state — without a second thought. But in May, there was a surprise in the mail: a new bill showing the tax obligation on the house was now more than three times the original amount.


OHIO

Who pays taxes on property owned by dead people?
wtol.com
Inheriting assets from a loved one who dies is often simple. A piece of jewelry, or a coin collection can be given to an heir and that's all that is necessary to transfer ownership. With a family home or other real estate, however, the process is more involved -- and in many cases too much for families to navigate.


Ohio Tax Board Says Closed Landfill Property Not Worthless
Law360
A capped municipal landfill in Ohio is not worthless, the state Board of Tax Appeals ruled Friday, noting that the property's appraiser admitted that the three parcels at issue could have...


PENNSYLVANIA

Montgomery County gets first look at 2023 budget
The Reporter Online
Montgomery County officials got a dismal look Thursday at the proposed 2023 budget in which the county is facing an $18.6 million deficit. Montgomery County Commissioners authorized the advertisement of the proposed financial documents for the upcoming fiscal year in a 2-1 vote as Chief Financial Officer Dean Dortone gave information surrounding the county's financial situation.


TENNESSEE

Alcoa amps up to file suit over Blount County education funding practice
thedailytimes.com
The Alcoa Board of Commissioners gave its city attorney a thumbs up Friday, Nov. 18, to file a lawsuit against Blount County over the a portion of property taxes that goes only to county schools. The move comes more than six months after Alcoa and Maryville city officials asked the Blount County Commission to change the current school funding formula, and Alcoa officials say they have received no response.


TEXAS

Border Patrol agents not considered first responders in tax code; widows fight for change
KEYE
A technicality in the Texas Tax Code is preventing families of fallen Border Patrol agents from receiving a tax exemption given to families of first responders who died in the line of duty. According to Texas Tax Code Section 11.134, a surviving spouse of certain first responders, killed or fatally injured in the line of duty, is entitled to a total property tax exemption for their homestead.


Bills filed Texas Legislature aim give homeowners tax relief
Audacy
Monday was the first day bills could be filed for the upcoming session, which starts in January. One of the bills that was filed that could help homeowners is House Bill 379 filed by Republican Cecil Bell Junior from Magnolia. If approved, the measure would automatically take half of any budget surplus seen at the end of a two-year budget cycle and give it to the Texas Education Agency.

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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