property taxes

Voters deliver bloodbath to county commissioners after dramatic tax increase

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

TAX DEBATE: Twenty-six Pennsylvania state senators want to see the end of property taxes, but legislation has an uphill battle in the House.

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — One might say Fentress County resident David Beaty suffered a wee bit of abuse at the hands of County Executive Frank Smith, merely for complaining about a dramatic increase in property taxes at commission meetings.
There was that one meeting, of course, when Smith publicly called Beaty a “dumbass,” as [...]

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PA lawmaker eyes higher cigarette tax for property tax relief

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

VICE TAXES FOR EVERYONE: One Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to use a higher cigarette tax to fund property tax relief across most of Pennsylvania.

All the talk about hiking the cigarette tax in Philadelphia to help fund city schools has some state lawmakers wondering, what about the rest of the state?

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VT property owner’s unoccupied deer camp sends property tax soaring

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

A HOMESTEAD?: This never-occupied deer camp, which has no electric, water or sewage, lies at the center of a property-tax dispute in Townshend, Vt.

In Vermont, the nation’s 48th worst state for property taxes, one fed-up property owner is taking his property tax appeal to the top — and to the public as well.

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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: The Ron Tomalis story just won't stop. The aide to Gov. Tom Corbett resigned this week amid allegations he is a "ghost employee."

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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