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

Brusniak Turner Fine Updates 4/25/2022

Posted by John Brusniak | Apr 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

NATIONAL

These U.S. metros saw greatest property tax jump in 2021: study
News Nation
While the total tax burden may sound large, the percent increase wasn't, according to ATTOM, a real estate data company. In fact, it was the second smallest increase over the past five years – from 2019 to 2020, for example, the increase was 5.4%.


CONNECTICUT

Bill exempting taxes on tribal land would harm Ledyard, Montville, opponents say
The Day
Proposed legislation that would keep towns from taxing personal property on tribal land would cost Ledyard and Montville hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and could put one of the region's casino-owning tribes at a distinct competitive disadvantage, opponents of the bill say.


INDIANA

Avilla approves tax break for solar company
The News Sun
The Avilla Town Council approved two tax abatements for the solar manufacturing company, which does business under the names Lake Light, Ultra Bright Tech and Lake Lifter at Wednesday night's meeting. The tax breaks are for 10 years for constructing a new building and five years for investing in new equipment.


MICHIGAN

Four Downriver communities record sharpest rise in property tax values
Times Herald
Property tax values in Wayne County have returned to a level not seen since their historic peak in 2007, with four Downriver communities experiencing a double-digit increase in state equalized value.


$3 million tax break given to manufacturer relocating to Muskegon County
mlive.com
A property tax break totaling an estimated $3 million over the next 12 years has been approved for a manufacturer moving from Spring Lake to Norton Shores.


MINNESOTA

Minn. Bill Seeks To Cap Property Valuation Increases
Law360
Minnesota would cap annual increases in residential property valuations under a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives.


MISSOURI

Kansas City board rejects subsidies for River Market apartments
The Kansas City Star
A Kansas City incentive board rejected a subsidy requested for a proposed River Market apartment development that city officials have been working to bring to life for years.


MONTANA

City approves tax abatement for hotel, hospital projects
The Electric
Commissioners approved two tax abatements during their April 19 meeting. The first to the developers of The Gibson who are remodeling the former Greystone Inn and the second to the Great Falls Clinic for their hospital addition.


NEVADA

Storey County renewable energy project gets tax abatement
Nevada Appeal
Citadel Solar in Storey County is anticipated to invest $61 million in Nevada along with creating 96 construction jobs and six operational jobs as a result of a $13 million abatement from the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy.


NEW YORK

Syracuse area has one of highest property tax rates in the U.S.: See how bad it is
Syracuse
The Syracuse metro area has the third-highest effective property tax rate in the nation, according to a new report from ATTOM, a real estate data firm.


OREGON

Ore. Tax Court Denies Lower Restaurant Valuation
Law360
An Oregon restaurant owner's argument that a downturn in the local industry should merit a lower property valuation for the restaurant was denied by the state's tax court.


Assessor continues to display incompetence
Mail Tribune
Arrasmith will get the cost-of living raise, but after his pay grade is reduced, he will see a net decrease of $1,081.60. That's a slap on the wrist, but Arrasmith is an elected official who answers only to the voters. The county has no power to remove him.


PENNSYLVANIA

'Not going to be bowled over': Tax appeals abound, challenged by governmental agencies seeking the revenue
Tribune Democrat
It's their right to do so, but it's also a good bet that governmental agencies funded by property tax dollars will defend against revenue losses from tax assessment appeals.


RHODE ISLAND

Bally's Tiverton RI Casino asks town for tax value depreciation
Newport Daily News
Bally's Tiverton Casino and Hotel is asking the town to lower its recently reassessed property value, saying COVID-19 restrictions decreased the casino's value to below what the Tax Assessor's Office has claimed it to be.


TENNESSEE

Property values in Rutherford County saw a median increase of 44% between 2018 and 2022 - More million-dollar homes for sale in Rutherford County
WGN
The analysis found the median property value for the homes that sold at one-million-dollars or more was a little over $1.3-million. The median income for million-dollar home buyers in Tennessee was $350,000 annually in 2020.


TEXAS

As protests are sure to rise, DCAD's chief appraiser says department is vastly understaffed
Denton RC
Appraisal season is in full swing, and as county homeowners face another year of skyrocketing valuations, Denton Central Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Hope McClure says the agency is heavily relying on technology because staffing “cannot keep up with the rapid growth that Denton County is experiencing.”


Why cutting Texans' property taxes is so financially and politically hard
Texas Tribune
As Texas' exploding real estate market dramatically drives up home values, homeowners are getting sticker shock after receiving notice of their properties' new appraised values — which help determine how much they pay in property taxes.


Texas Lawmakers Talk Appraisal Caps as Home Values Swell
Governing
As Texas homeowners reel from skyrocketing appraisal values, state lawmakers on Thursday floated ideas to curb their tax bills by using surplus state funds and further restricting the annual growth of a home's taxable value.


Appraisal animosity fuels push to increase homestead exemptions in San Antonio
TPR
A stalled effort to reduce San Antonio property taxes through increased homestead exemptions suddenly has the wind at its back, as massive increases in home values propel the issue.


Locals taking out loans to pay for high property taxes
Fox29
With property taxes skyrocketing, people are desperate to pay them and are resorting to means that could lead them into major debt. Like many people around the state, San Antonio homeowner Esperanza Carrasco is finding it harder and harder every year to pay her property taxes.


District: Potter-Randall counties' owners will see average of 25% property value increases
Amarillo Globe
The appraisal district is required by law to appraise property at 100 percent of market value as of January 1 of the current year. Market value is the amount at which properties sell for on the open market.


Harrison County homeowners to see 18% jump in appraised values
Marshall News Messenger
The Texas Legislature requires appraisal districts to appraise homes at 100 percent of market value. They're given a 95 to 105 percent threshold. “The...


Home Values In Hays County Rise By 47%
San Marcos Daily Record
Home values in Hays County have risen by nearly 50% amid limited inventory, according to the Hays Central Appraisal District. A new development in San Marcos off McCarty Lane...


UTAH

Summit County grants reprieve for some nonprofits facing ‘death penalty' of tax bills
KPCW
One of the benefits afforded to charities, churches and other nonprofits is that they don't have to pay taxes on their land. Most have to apply annually, however, to keep that tax exempt status intact.




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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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