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The court of appeal recently upheld its previous ruling that a parcel tax approved by Alameda Unified School District (“District”) voters violates the Government Code’s restriction that special taxes apply “uniformly to all...more
SCA 3 seeks to amend the California Constitution relating to taxation by amending Section 4 of Article XIIIA, adding Section 4.5 to Article XIIIA, amending Section 2 of Article XIIIC, and amending Section 3 of Article XIIID,...more
We have now completed six weeks of the 2013 Session of Iowa’s 85th General Assembly. The end of week five marked the first milestone: the deadline for individual bill requests. After February 15th individual legislators...more
The court of appeal in Borikas v. Alameda Unified School District (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 1 Dist., December 6, 2012; re-hearing granted January 7, 2013) held that the school district did not have the authority to...more
Here is a brief outline of the legislation passed by the Senate and House extending certain tax rates, deductions, and credits for individuals....more
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal details how the soaring value of Texas oil fields has not resulted in much additional revenue for local school districts. In Karnes City, Texas, an eightfold increase in the value...more
The Second District Appellate Court recently upheld the Department of Revenue’s denial of a property tax exemption for the Village at Victory Lakes in Lindenhurst, Illinois, which is a continuing care retirement community...more
Our reports on the oral arguments of the Illinois Supreme Court's September term continue with Carr v. Koch. In Carr, the taxpayer plaintiffs are challenging Circuit Court and Appellate Court decisions that they lacked...more
A new and growing trend in the field of property tax assessment continued this summer, as school districts in the eastern part of the state filed what could be a record number of appeals of selected property owners’ tax...more
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts throughout Illinois are experiencing declines in revenues as a consequence of the changes in the real estate market. TIF Districts operate by diverting a portion of property tax revenue...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
It may seem as though paying property tax refunds is only a problem for school districts in Illinois, or perhaps only for school districts in certain parts of Illinois. But school districts across the country face the...more
IN THIS ISSUE:
Indiana Jeopardy Assessments (and Taxpayer) Turn Out to be a Dog
While the power to issue a jeopardy assessment has been referred to as part of a state’s “power of the purse, not its power of the...more
The Second District Appellate Court recently issued a decision addressing the role of comparable sales when determining a property’s fair market value under Illinois law. The decision, Board of Education of Meridian Community...more
Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court settled the question of how interest should be calculated on property tax refunds when it ruled on General Motors Corporation v. Pappas. This follows the Illinois General Assembly’s...more
Year-end tax planning is generally a good idea, but in 2009 it is particularly important given all the initiatives the federal government has undertaken to start the engines of economic growth. If we have learned nothing else...more
In an effort to jump start New Jersey's economy, on July 27, 2009, Governor Corzine signed The New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009, A-4048/S-2299 (the “NJ Stimulus Act”). The NJ Stimulus Act contains a series of...more
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