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This article examines the constitutionality and possible implications of the plan being considered in several parts of the country to use the power of eminent domain to seize "underwater mortgages". The plan has been...more
The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website):
PKO Ventures, LLC v. Norfolk Redev’t &...more
Governor Chris Christie signed into law this week A-3615, which makes several important changes to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (the “Redevelopment Law”). These changes will impact developers, municipalities and...more
In This Issue:
- New York’s Highest Court Holds Retroactive Changes to Empire Zones Tax Credit Program Unconstitutional
- Tribunal Upholds Applicability of Sales Tax to Environmental Testing and Monitoring...more
Taxpayers and a manufacturer of plastic bags challenged a county ordinance that prohibits retail stores from providing customers with plastic carryout bags and requires the stores to charge their customers ten cents for each...more
Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued several opinions affecting the practice of Virginia local government law.
The cases involve (1) an inverse condemnation claim against VDOT for flooding, (2) another application of...more
Interest on Real Estate Tax Overpayments
The Commonwealth Court has held that the provisions of the Local Taxpayer Bill of Rights apply to refunds of real estate taxes, requiring that interest be calculated from the...more
In This Newsletter:
- Marzulla Law Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Standing of Municipal Taxpayers
In February 2009, Highway J Citizens Group, U.A., an associationin southeastern Wisconsin that promotes...more
In a highly anticipated decision, the California Supreme Court ruled on December 29, 2011, that legislation adopted in July to dissolve redevelopment agencies is constitutional, but that legislation adopted concurrently to...more
In an opinion filed December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court upheld Assembly Bill 1X 26, which dissolves redevelopment agencies as of October 1, 2011. The opinion also invalidated Assembly Bill 1X 27, which provides...more
This is the third in a series of blog entries monitoring the proposed elimination of redevelopment agencies.
Governor Jerry Brown has approved the "all cuts" 2011-2012 budget for the State of California, in the process...more
California Gov, Jerry Brown recently issued his revised budget proposal. In his proposal, Gov. Brown once again targeted the Enterprise Zone program. However, rather than proposing to eliminate the program in its entirety,...more
The Commonwealth Court has ruled that a reassessment issued following the purchase of a newly constructed home in a development constituted an impermissible "spot reassessment," in violation of the Fourth to Eighth Class...more
Constitutional issues related to classification of property for taxation were at issue in FFW Enterprises v. Fairfax County, another opinion issued by the Virginia Supreme Court on November 4, 2010.
Specifically at issue...more
The Commonwealth Court, in an unreported opinion, has affirmed a decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, which held that a business privilege “flat tax” ordinance passed by Warrington Township did not violate...more
It occurred to me that the Virginia Local Government Law blog ought to say something about the legal issues that face local governments at the holidays. And there are many.
This time of year, there are the seasonal First...more