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Brusniak Turner Fine Updates 5/31/2023

Posted by John Brusniak | May 31, 2023 | 0 Comments


Teller County offers property tax relief
As the median change for residential property valuations increased as much as 48% in Teller County, more than 120 homeowners looked for answers from the county assessor. In a forum May 17 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Carol Kittelson and Mike Akana, the assessor and deputy, respectively, emphasized that valuations are based on the market that existed June 30, 2022.

Colorado Supreme Court shoots down COVID property tax suits
In four separate cases encompassing hundreds of commercial property owners, the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying public health restrictions on businesses did not entitle the owners to a lower property tax bill for 2020. Eleven lawsuits across Colorado challenged the decisions of county assessors who declined to re-value commercial properties for the 2020 tax year. 


Some Connecticut malls are struggling with vacancies. Will state officials step in?
CT Center
With Connecticut malls being sold at a comparatively brisk pace and vacancy rates at regional shopping malls nationwide at above 11 percent, economic and retail experts say the time has come for state officials to take a more proactive role. Four of Connecticut's 10 largest shopping malls have sold in the past four-and-half years and a fifth is likely to change hands after being auctioned off earlier this month.


The Kentucky Court of Appeals Tackles Religious Property Tax Exemptions
Frost Brown Todd
Religious institutions received a victory this month regarding property tax exemptions under Section 170 of the Kentucky Constitution. In Dunn v. Solomon Foundation, the Kentucky Court of Appeals answered a critical question as to the meaning of the language in Section 170 and whether a religious institution owning property must both own and occupy the property in order to receive a tax exemption.


Property Tax Fight Involves Personal Business Benefits For Phelan, Bettencourt
Reform Austin
As the first special session of the legislature begins, Texas Republican leadership are viciously fighting for competing property tax reform. As things get nastier, accusations of personal interest are starting to be thrown about. On the Senate side, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick pointed out that House Speaker Dade Phelan might stand to benefit a great deal from the House's plan. 

Terlingua residents see property taxes triple – or more – this year
Texas Standard
Lawmakers have talked a lot about property tax relief for homeowners in the 88th legislative session. Gov. Greg Abbott called a special session on the same day the regular session adjourned to keep working on the issue. When we talk about rising home value squeezing out residents, we're usually thinking about the big cities in Texas. However, rural parts of Texas are also being hit hard by skyrocketing property values.

Texas House swiftly passes property tax bill, abruptly adjourns
Texas Tribune
Take our pitch or leave the special session with nothing. That message was delivered when the House abruptly adjourned Tuesday after swiftly passing bills on property tax relief and migrant smuggling — the sole items that Gov. Greg Abbott demanded from a special session that began Monday night.

Everything's Bigger In Texas: Angry Neighbors, Aging Policies And Lack Of Will Are Digging A 10-Gallon Housing Hole
A single lot sits undeveloped on the edge of North Central Expressway in the densely packed suburb of Lake Highlands in Dallas. Though surrounded by the trappings of suburban life — a nearby Home Depot, a busy law office — a prominent “No Trespassing” sign is the only indication anyone is looking after the property.

Gov. Greg Abbott calls special legislative session
The Texas Tribune
Gov. Greg Abbott called an immediate special session Monday night, just hours after lawmakers completed the year's regular legislative session without passing numerous key bills state leaders had identified as priorities. Abbott said in a statement the special session officially began at 9 p.m. Monday and will be focused on property tax relief and border security. 

Texas lawmakers fail to reach last-minute deal to cut property taxes
The Texas Tribune
After weeks of public bickering, chaos and a stalemate, Republicans in the Texas House and Senate ran the clock out Monday without coming to terms on a key GOP priority: using a large part of the state's historic surplus to lower property taxes for Texas homeowners and business owners. And then Gov. Greg Abbott immediately called lawmakers to a special session to strike a deal on property taxes.

Property values see 24% increase
The Kerr Central Appraisal District recently mailed 30,210 notices of appraised value to owners of property in Kerr County. Notices were sent to owners of property in which the market or assessed value increased by more than $1,000 from the previous year's value, and properties that changed ownership in the previous year. Taxpayers may also view the appraisal notices using the property search at under the values tab.

BISD protests state property value, could lose $8 million due to difference in values
Beaumont Independent School District is in the process of protesting its state appraised value in an attempt to avoid losing $8 million in state funding. The district was found to be worth a little over $12.6 billion by the Jefferson Central Appraisal District. According to the state, the district is currently undervalued and is worth a little over $13.4 billion. 


Assessment Error Costs Milwaukee $750,000
Urban Milwaukee
AT&T's sale of its 20-story downtown building got someone inside City Hall a little too excited. The result will cost the City of Milwaukee $750,000. The structure, 722-740 N. Broadway, drew headlines and discussions of its redevelopment potential when it was sold in June 2021 for $30.1 million. Those that noticed included at least one employee of the Assessor's Office, which under state law doesn't assess or tax telecommunications properties.

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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