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Brusniak Turner Fine Updates 5/25/2023

Posted by John Brusniak | May 25, 2023 | 0 Comments


Low and Moderate Income Property Tax Valuation Remains Challenging
A recent decision by the Appeals Court of Massachusetts* about the entitlement of two nonprofit corporations which rent apartments at below- market rates to low-income elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities prompts your writers to visit the issue in Connecticut.

A small CT town is taxing nonprofit Goodwill for the first time. The charity is taking them to court.
Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut, a nonprofit organization, is suing the town of Avon because its personal property is being taxed for the first time. Goodwill is claiming that, as a nonprofit under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3), it is tax exempt. It has filed an appeal of the Board of Assessment Appeals' decision in Superior Court in Hartford.


Appealing your Cook County property tax, with or without a lawyer
Every three years, when new property tax assessments hit our mailboxes, so do letters from tax appeal lawyers offering to help lower them — for a portion of the potential reduction. But does a lawyer really improve your chance of getting money back? Maybe not. The intrigue: Appeals filed by individuals actually do as well or better than those filed by lawyers.


Justices uphold tax appraisal for Minneapolis Hyatt Regency
Finance & Commerce
The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld tax appraisal increases for Minneapolis' Hyatt Regency Hotel. In 1300 Nicollet LLC v. County of Hennepin, decided May 17, the court determined that the Minnesota Tax Court did not err in limiting Hyatt's access to information about competing hotels.


Historic increases expected for Ohio property values: What will this mean for your taxes?
Home values across Ohio are rapidly rising, and that means county auditors are bracing for what they describe as historic increases in people's property values. "This has been a central Ohio problem for years," Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano said. "Now, it is something that is happening across the state."


City of Fort Worth moves to tighten review of property appraisals and tax rolls
Fort Worth Report
The city of Fort Worth doesn't have a formal process to ensure that residents are being charged the actual amount of property taxes they owe — nor does have one make sure all Fort Worth properties are represented on the county tax rolls. That will change this year, thanks to an internal audit that revealed the weaknesses to city management.

Chief appraiser resigns / Board says taxing entities' budget deadlines will be met
Chief Appraiser Eddie Roe has resigned from the Hood Central Appraisal District. His resignation comes as local taxing entities are preparing to enter into their annual budget process. The HCAD plays an important role in those processes by providing information about anticipated property tax revenues.


Let There Be Light: The Wisconsin Supreme Court Addresses Property Taxes for Big Box Stores
In a recent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court related to property taxes for large stores, the Court stated “[w]e do not read the Manual to strictly prohibit the use of vacant properties as comparable to occupied properties. The language of ‘should avoid' is not mandatory.” The long-awaited decision in Lowe's Home Centers, LLC v. City of Delavan, 2023 WI 8, will address whether big box stores can be taxed by comparing the value of property to the value of vacant buildings.

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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