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Brusniak Turner Fine Updates 2/21/2023

Posted by John Brusniak | Feb 21, 2023 | 0 Comments


Stores Closing Include Walmart, Macy's, and Bed Bath & Beyond in 2023
Business Insider
It's not quite the retail apocalypse of prior years, but it's a shakeup nonetheless. An Insider tally of announcements by major retailers in 2023 finds at least 803 stores set to close during the year across the US. The rationales are varied: some companies are navigating bankruptcy proceedings, while others say they are aiming to cut costs.


Backdoor tax exemption': Ada Assessor raises red flags on bill to cap values for storage units, nursing homes & more
Boise Dev
The Ada County Assessor's office is raising a red flag on a low-profile property tax bill they say would give a “backdoor” tax cut to owners of storage units, gas stations, nursing homes, and other special use property.


Johnson County homeowners can expect high property tax bills this year
Daily Journal
This trend of high AV growth has been seen statewide, largely because of the state of the hot housing market between 2020 and 2022 and general economic trends as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent study by Policy Analytics LLC for the Association of Indiana Counties, or AIC.


Could county level income taxes solve the property tax problems
One Kansas lawmaker thinks county level income taxes are the answer to sparing Kansans the burden of ever-increasing property taxes. Sen. David Haley, D Kansas City, calls the proposal, SB 79, an earnings tax and says it's based off the system in Kansas City, Missouri. Under the proposal, county residents would have to approve the up to 1% tax by vote.


Ottawa County property taxes expected to go up at highest rate in 30 years
Property owners in Ottawa County could see the highest one-year increase in the taxable value of their properties in nearly 30 years. The increase is mostly due to inflation, according to the county's equalization department director, Brian Busscher.


Commonwealth Court rules Pottstown Hospital not exempt from property tax
A state court has ruled that Pottstown Hospital is not exempt from paying property taxes. The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reversed a trial court's previous decision that awarded Pottstown Hospital, a member of the Tower Health network, tax-exempt status for the tax years 2018 to 2021.


TC Research Institute: Is Texas using recapture as a slush fund?
Many Texans are aware of a program known as "Robin Hood" or recapture. Some hold it in animus. In many ways, this is a basic misunderstanding of why the program is in place. A better term for it in the legal language is wealth equalization. The concept is fairly straightforward.


League of Wisconsin Municipalities: Ding dong the dark store is dead
In a decision representing a major victory for Wisconsin municipalities and their taxpayers, the Wisconsin Supreme Court resoundingly rejected a big box commercial retailer's attempt to demonstrate its tax assessment was “excessive” by using sales of dark and distressed properties as “reasonably comparable sales” to determine value.

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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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