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Brusniak Turner Fine Updates 7/8/2019

Posted by John Brusniak | Jul 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

CANADA

A huge amount of stress': Vancouver businesses say property taxes have them at the brink
Globalnews.ca
A group of Vancouver businesses is speaking out about what it says is an unfair system as the city's property tax deadline arrived Wednesday.

Alberta to lower property taxes for shallow gas wells, lines
Kallanish Energy
The government of Alberta is reducing municipal property taxes on shallow natural gas wells and pipelines by 35%, in an effort to boost the struggling ...
 
City of Vancouver faces multiple lawsuits regarding Empty Homes Tax
CTV News
The tax requires homeowners to pay a one per cent levy based on the assessed value of their home if they live there for less than six months per year.
 
Mansion owner claims he missed $128K empty homes tax bill because he was out of the country
CBC.ca
He filled in the initial empty homes tax declaration before the deadline in February 2018. "Because he had lived at the property for more than six ...

ARIZONA

Judge tosses state AG challenge into university leases on land
Prescott Daily Courier
Judge tosses state AG challenge into university leases on land ... “As a matter of law, the property on which the Attorney General seeks to collect tax is ...

CALIFORNIA

Half Moon Bay property value grows
Half Moon Bay Review
Special Assistant to the Assessor Terry Flinn said the slowed growth in Half Moon Bay could have been driven by the tempered housing market.

Property tax rolls in Bay Area rise 6.6% to $1.8 trillion
San Francisco Chronicle
The assessed value of all taxable property in the Bay Area rose to $1.8 trillion for the 2019-20 fiscal year, up 6.6% from last year, according to county ...
 
Prop. 13 reform headed to California ballot could swamp counties
San Francisco Chronicle
An independent assessment conducted for the California Assessors ... “It would be impossible to implement,” said Larry Stone, the assessor in Santa ...
 
County property taxes drop
San Mateo Daily Journal
Assessor Warren Slocum warned county officials during their budget hearings the situation was ugly — namely a $25 million loss that already knocked ...
 
Tech companies buoy property assessments, appeals in Santa Clara County
San José Spotlight
“They're going to basically say, 'Hey, this thing is well over improved,” said David Ginsborg, deputy to the assessor. “They'll say 'Nobody would pay for ...

COLORADO

Property valuations are in — and taxes are up
soprissun.com
Garfield County Assessor Jim Yellico has been busy compiling a report for a July 15 presentation to the county commissioners. Now that his office has ...

Mountain residents surprised by bills for taxing district they didn't know about
The Coloradoan
The change was picked up by Larimer County's modern GPS mapping system and the county assessor'soffice. In effect, it revealed that Pole Hill ...

IDAHO

More Than 1000 Tax Assessment Appeals Filed In Ada County
Boise State Public Radio
Ada County Assessor Bob McQuade says his office is handling about 1,000 appeals this year after he told KBOI-TV that the median increase in home ...

MISSISSIPPI

County's assessed value exceeds $2 billion
DeSoto Times-Tribune
If you never thought DeSoto County was growing, or thought the growth was overstated, outgoing County Tax Assessor Parker Pickle has some ...

NEW YORK

This NYC suburb approved Westchester County's largest hotel in 20 years
The Real Deal
Ward Capital recently received preliminary approval for a 20-year property tax abatement for the hotel site worth $16.7 million from the New Rochelle ...

PENNSYLVANIA

Bi-partisan bill in Pennsylvania could freeze some seniors' school district property taxes
The Center Square
Pennsylvania senior citizens' school district property taxes could be frozen if a bill working its way through the state legislature is passed into law.

TEXAS

This is how Texas lawmakers avoided true property tax reform and instead gave us fluff and stuff
Dallas News
These numbers belong to House bills that, if passed, would have gone a long way towards fixing our broken property tax system. Real reforms.

Texas politicians said they fixed property taxes. Don't believe it. [Opinion]
Houston Chronicle
Nobody likes paying higher property taxes, so for years state leaders have promised to provide property tax relief. Never mind that Texas doesn't have ...
 
PAISD OKs tentative pact with Motiva; talks ongoing
The Port Arthur News
The dispute began when the Jefferson County Appraisal District appraised Motiva's taxable value at roughly $3.5 billion but Motiva reportedly believes ...

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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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