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Public Education Under Attack in Florida

Imagine a world in which public education did not exist. A world in which children did not have schools to attend. A world in which the future generation could not obtain a diploma. It is hard to imagine such a world, as the...more

PA Supreme Court Rules On School District Tax Appeals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent Supreme Court of Pennsylvania case, captioned as Valley Forge Towers, taxpayer brought an action against the school district, as a taxing district, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief claiming that the...more

Pennsylvania Court Provides Commercial Property Owners With Defense to Tax Assessment Appeals

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 5, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision confirming that all real estate in a taxing district is a single class (i.e., not subject to sub-classifications based on property type, such as...more

Selective property tax appeals based on property type or residency status of the owner violates the Pennsylvania Constitution’s...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently reversed the Commonwealth Court and held that the Uniformity Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution does not permit school districts to selectively appeal only the assessments of...more

PA Supreme Court Limits School District Real Estate Tax Appeals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a long-awaited decision on a hotly debated issue, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that taxpayers whose apartment buildings were singled out for school district tax appeals have stated a valid claim that such...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules That Constitution Prohibits School Districts from Engaging in Selective Tax Appeals

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: This alert examines the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion School District, which held that a school district may not selectively appeal the assessments...more

Municipalities Must Pay Refunds from Dissolved TIF Districts

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld a trial court’s ruling that property tax refunds from a dissolved TIF District must be paid by the municipality, not by the other affected taxing agencies. The case, Village of...more

Property Tax and Valuation Topics: Summer 2016

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Interim “Watch Tower” Revaluation After High Sale Upheld - The last citywide revaluation conducted by Milford was as of October 1, 2011. On that date, the residential property at 19 Beach Avenue was valued by the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Finds Special Exemption Unconstitutional

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last Thursday the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a special property tax exemption for a single aeronautical services company operating out of the Quad City International Airport. As noted in the July 2015 FR Alert...more

The Side of Tax Reform They’re Not Telling You

Deep-sixing property taxes is a popular pledge on the state and local campaign trail. But the promise is only half the story. Citizens need to ask: “And then what?” Like a climbing wall, eliminating property taxes may...more

Pennsylvania Court Confirms That School Districts May Target High Value Properties When Appealing Tax Assessments For The Purpose...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Valley Forge Towers Apts. N, LP v. Upper Merion Area School District, 124 A.3d 363, 365 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2015). The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court holds that when a school district has reasonable and financial considerations...more

2016 Property Tax Levies Will Be Limited by CPI-U factor of 0.7%

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Wednesday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) that will be used in the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) limiting rate calculations for 2016...more

Appellate Court Overturns School District’s Attempt to Vacate Ill-Advised Tax Rate Objection Settlement Reached by State’s...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, an Illinois Appellate Court denied several school districts’ attempt to vacate a settlement agreement between the taxpayers’ attorney and the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office in a tax rate objection case. The...more

Illinois Court Finds Special Property Tax Exemption Unconstitutional

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A property tax exemption designed to benefit a single aviation company was recently found unconstitutional by the Illinois Appellate Court. The exemption was only for fixed base operators (FBOs) providing aeronautical...more

New York’s Property Tax Cap Wins Again

In 2013 we reported on NYSUT‘s lawsuit which claimed that New York’s recently-enacted property tax “cap” was unconstitutional. The thrust of NYSUT’s 2013 arguments against the cap were that it (1) harmed school districts that...more

Phase-Out of School District and Local Government Property Tax Replacement Payments Proposed

by Benesch on

In February 2015, the Ohio General Assembly introduced House Bill 64 (“H.B. 64”), which is the biennial operating budget bill for the biennium beginning July 1, 2015. H.B. 64 contains language that would restart the...more

2015 Property Tax Levies Will Be Limited to 0.8% Growth

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers that will be used in the PTELL limiting rate calculations for 2015 property tax levies collected in 2016. The 2015...more

PA Senators Pushing to Replace School Property Taxes with Expanded Personal Income and Sales Taxes

A number of Pennsylvania State Senators continue to push for legislation to eliminate school district property taxes in Pennsylvania. They would replace the lost revenues by increasing the statewide Personal Income Tax rate...more

Property Tax Data Can Aid School Districts In Budgeting And Levying

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

There are a number of little known sources of data that can assist school districts in their financial planning and public relations efforts. This information is available from local officials and State agencies as well as...more

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