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Swapping Property Tax with a Sales Tax

Bad Math: Replacing property taxes with higher sales taxes doesn’t add up for Texans
By Dale Craymer,  Feb. 5, 2018

Photo by Steven Depolo

It’s no exaggeration to say that Texans don’t like paying property taxes, as we have some of the highest in the nation. Could we kiss those tax bills goodbye by modestly increasing the […]

Arden, Delaware

I’m reading “Delaware’s Odd, Beautiful, Contentious, Private Utopia/Arden is a suburb, an artist’s colony, and a radical political experiment” by Jesse Walker at Reason.com.

I’m reading about Arden — here, in pre-dawn Madison, Wisconsin — because Meade and I were talking about growing up in the early 1960s, when you saw lots of kids outside playing all […]

Mass Appraisal Method Upheld in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently rejected an argument that the City of Milwaukee did not properly follow Wisconsin’s property tax assessment law when it used a mass appraisal method to value an income-producing property.

Metropolitan Associates challenged tax assessments on seven Milwaukee properties from 2008 to 2013. The parties agreed to present evidence on one property, […]

2018 Cook County Triennial Reassessment

The Cook County Assessor has mailed the first notices for the 2018 triennial reassessment. 

Cook County Tax Bills

The 1st installment 2017 Cook County tax bills have been mailed and are due for payment on March 1, 2018. 

Updated Cook County Treasurer website

Cook County Treasurer Maria Papas has unveiled a new and improved website. See it at www.cookcountytreasurer.com. 

Rauner Executive Order

In an action of questionable legality, Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a ban on legislators financially benefiting from state property-tax appeals.

Rauner issued an executive order Friday calling such representation “a clear conflict of interest that must end.” It is effective immediately.

Rauner has often accused Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of benefiting from high Illinois […]

Amazon

Amazon narrows the list of metro areas for its new headquarters to 20

Amazon says it has narrowed the list of places for its second headquarters to 20.
The company says it will spend $5 billion in the area where it builds its second headquarters and will employ 50,000 there.
It expects to make a final decision this […]

City of San Francisco seeks property tax increase to house the homeless

Five San Francisco supervisors joined forces Tuesday to put a measure on the June 5 ballot that would raise about $100 million a year to pay for 10,000 low- and middle-income housing units and shelter accommodations for the city’s homeless population over the next decade.

The ballot measure, dubbed “Housing for All,” asks voters to raise […]

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