property taxes

Tax mistake leads to sale of half a church

By   /  July 11, 2014  /  Iowa, National, News  /  No Comments

NOW WHAT?: Pastor Robert Garcia isn't sure what the next move is to save his church.

Mistaken assumptions, bureaucratic screw-ups and language problems have led to the rear half of a Muscatine church being sold for unpaid property taxes.

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PA Week in Review: Pressing issues left for another day

By   /  June 13, 2014  /  Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

LOOKING BACK: Pennsylvania's patchwork budget already might come back to haunt lawmakers. Moody's downgraded the state's credit rating, citing the stop-gap budget as part of the reason.

Pennsylvania lawmakers left Harrisburg this week without addressing pension reform and the future of the state-owned liquor stores and gave no clear indication of how they’ll address a budget deficit that’s creeping closer to $2 billion next year.

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Loophole allows schools districts to raise property taxes in Pennsylvania

By   /  June 11, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

School districts in PA are raising property taxes to cover rising cost of pensions.

One in three school districts in Pennsylvania is raising property taxes without the consent of residents through a loophole in a state law meant to relieve the burden of rising education costs.

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Liquor talks on tap for Pennsylvania Legislature

By   /  April 28, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

TALKS ON TAP: Pennsylvania lawmakers are expected to discuss the future of alcohol sales this week.

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

State lawmakers returned to Harrisburg Monday after a two-week hiatus. They’ve got just two session weeks before the budget scramble begins in June, but there’s plenty of legislation action to come before then.

Here’s a quick look at three items of interest this week:

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Wisconsin, you are (tax) free at last!

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  National, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


Congratulations, Wisconsin taxpayers. You have arrived.

It’s Tax Freedom Day for all you tax-burdened Badger Staters – the day when Wisconsin taxpayers have earned enough money to pay their total local, state and federal tax bill for the year.

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Analysis says property tax elimination comes up short

By   /  October 10, 2013  /  Finances, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  1 Comment

PROPERTY TAX PLANS: This week the House is addressed property tax bills including HB 1189.

An analysis from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office seems to throw more cold water on a plan to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania.

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