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Feeling overvalued, Texans dispute rising property appraisals

By   /  May 24, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Watchdog found a group of San Antonio homeowners who received appraisal notices more than $100,000 over their recent purchase prices. Adding to the taxpayers’ angst, county appraisers had discounted the values of finished, unsold units held in developer inventory.

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Lawsuits peel back San Antonio property appraisals, but homeowners still pay

By   /  May 20, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Property owners sued Bexar County over $19.4 billion in appraisal disputes last year, more than double the amount litigated in 2012.

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Chicago Teachers Union proposal ‘treats taxpayers like ATMs’

By   /  May 18, 2016  /  Education, Illinois, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Chicago Teachers Union recently released its plan to save Chicago Public Schools — almost $500 million in tax hikes on top of an already-approved largest property-tax increase in the city’s history. “Revenue solves funding problems,” CTU president Karen Lewis declared in a press release. Not considered as a solution by the teachers union were cost-cutting measures, reforms regarding […]

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Texas-sized property appraisals fuel tax-swap talk

By   /  May 12, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Another year of soaring property appraisals is spurring talk of scrapping Texas’ property tax in favor of an expanded sales tax.

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Taxpayers on hook for $138 million in spending thanks to obscure ‘green’ law

By   /  May 10, 2016  /  Accountability, Education, Energy and Environment, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“This might be a legitimate area where districts can save money. At the same time, we have to be very vigilant about it to make sure it’s not being abused,” Knapp said.

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House minority leader: Fees bill like taxes, hurts Vermonters

By   /  May 10, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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With the final passage of the fees bill last week, costs will be going up for many Vermonters.

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