Property taxes

Tax caps zap schools in Zionsville; Lebanon district awash in cashRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
J.K. Wall
Changes made five years ago in state property-tax laws have strangled the school district in wealthy Zionsville, while schools in neighboring blue-collar Lebanon are in solid financial shape.
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Court case might roil not-for-profit tax rulesRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A Bartholomew County not-for-profit affordable housing development group is preparing to fight in Indiana Tax Court a denial of its property-tax exemption. The denial has put the organization $200,000 in debt and its rental homes in danger of tax foreclosure.
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Ballard fulfilled some pledges; others fell by waysideRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Republican mayor says he curbed crime, made government transparent, and pushed for property tax reform. His Democratic challenger says Ballard didn’t make good on repealing an income tax increase, hiring hundreds of police officers, or making education a top priority.
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Marion County could get windfall from property tax saleRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The sale of tax-delinquent properties brought in $13 million above the city’s expenses.
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Tax bills spur eBay listing for Anderson office buildings

September 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Two investors stung by soaring property taxes have listed three Anderson office buildings on eBay in hopes of drumming up interest in the $4.5 million package deal.
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Indiana property tax caps slice 2011 bills

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana property taxpayers saw their savings grow by 32 percent this year compared to a year ago thanks to statewide tax caps on their 2011 bills, according to a state report.
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Indianapolis eyes TIF surplus to shore up city coffersRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city is considering ways to channel money captured for economic development in some of its 22 tax-increment-financing districts to units such as libraries and city-county government.
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Bush Stadium fixup fans tax tensionsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city plans to tap a taxing district downtown to help pay for the Bush Stadium renovation, rekindling concern among some elected officials and taxing experts that the Mayor’s Office is using the massive district to fund whatever special city needs crop up.
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Unusual North of South deal leaves taxpayers vulnerable

April 16, 2011
Cory Schouten
The $156 million North of South project is a complicated, risky and potentially transformative bet on downtown.
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KETZENBERGER: Property tax quandary still in fluxRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
An initial drop in local property taxes overall is likely to increase over time. The questions are when and how?
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Fountain Square turning to first-of-kind tax to fund improvementsRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Fountain Square group led by neighborhood business owners hopes to create an “economic improvement district” for the up-and-coming neighborhood, where additional tax revenue could be used for everything from litter cleanup and marketing to capital improvements.
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Indiana voters OK property tax cap amendment

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana voters have overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that will make property tax limits more permanent.
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Tax-cap amendment means change for local government

November 2, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Cuts in services, higher fees and consolidation of government units are possibilities, but advocates for the constitutional amendment say long-term certainty about property tax rates could benefit the economy.
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Voters expected to OK property-tax cap amendment

October 31, 2010
Associated Press
A recent poll found that more than 60 percent of likely voters support the proposed constitutional amendment, and some of the measure's biggest opponents have given up the fight.
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Ailing library eyes new funding source

October 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A state lawmaker is pushing for a law that would allow Indianapolis’ public library system to get a share of local income taxes. But some already are balking at the concept, saying it would divert money from other agencies that need it.
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Tax caps spread relief aroundRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Property tax caps—promoted as a way to relieve homeowners from skyrocketing property tax bills—have provided much more relief to a different group of taxpayers. Owners of rental properties and second homes got the lion’s share of assistance from the caps.
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State lawmakers remain divided; deal by Sunday in doubt

March 12, 2010
Associated Press
The impasse between the two parties over a delay in an unemployment-tax increase is expected to drag the legislative session into the weekend. "Nobody is talking right now," says one legislator.
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State sells $300 million in Tax Anticipation Notes

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The proceeds will help more than 120 local government units pay their bills while they wait for their property tax receipts.
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Property tax caps heading to Indiana voters

January 19, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has given final approval to a proposal that would allow voters to decide whether property tax limits belong in the state constitution.
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Assessor predicts 2010 property tax bills will be on time

December 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis property tax bills, paid in two installments due in May and November, should be sent without delay for the first year since 2006.
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Property tax caps stand good odds in the 2010 legislative sessionRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Norm Heikens
Lawmakers are likely to pass property tax legislation, which would send it to a voter referendum in November and potentially into the state constitution.
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FEIGENBAUM: Expect uncertainty in the 2010 General Assembly

December 19, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
About the only certainty for the upcoming legislative session is that it will be over in March.
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Property taxes are out of whack

December 12, 2009
I have always found Morton Marcus’ columns both entertaining and informative. I read the Dec. 7 column, in which Marcus seems to insinuate that property taxes were acceptable as they were and do not require modifications. As a resident of Marion County, I could not disagree more.
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Advisory panel urges EPA to back plan to pay for green projects via property taxRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By issuing “voluntary environmental improvement bonds,”, local and state governments could create special taxing districts that finance homeowner purchases of everything from solar panels to rain gardens.
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Indiana cities association seeking local tax options

October 26, 2009
Associated Press
The association representing 470 cities and towns wants lawmakers to pass legislation that would give municipalities the authority to adopt local option income taxes.
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  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

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