Property Tax

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A New Housing Affordability Hurdle: Property Taxes

Skyrocketing home values are driving up property tax bills, putting lower-income homeowners at risk of losing their homes.

January 21, 2024 - Pew Stateline

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Proposed Land Value Tax Plan in Detroit

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan proposes hiking property taxes for vacant land and buildings while lowering the rate for occupied homes and businesses in a split tax plan he contends will resolve many of Detroit's blight and high property tax woes.

June 2, 2023 - The Detroit News

Texas Bullet Train

Texas Bullet Train Company Owes Hundreds of Thousands in Property Taxes

The company planning to build a Houston-to-Dallas high-speed rail line is delinquent on at least $623,000 in property taxes on lots purchased for the project.

April 14, 2022 - Houston Chronicle


Opinion: Richmond, Virginia Needs a Land Value Tax

Switching from property tax to a land value tax could rein in sprawl, boost urban density, and lower the cost of housing.

December 27, 2021 - Virginia Public Media

Los Angeles County

Subsidizing High-End Housing for Middle-Class Renters

Using joint power authorities, local governments can purchase luxury buildings, avoid property taxes, and offer lower rents for qualifying tenants.

August 26, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

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Small Cities Struggling to Pay for Infrastructure Projects

Towns with shrinking or stagnant tax bases can't keep up with the costs of aging infrastructure without state and federal support.

July 6, 2021 - Governing

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Opinion: Freeze Property Taxes in Gentrifying Neighborhoods

A proposed bill in the Texas legislature would help prevent displacement of homeowners in areas experiencing reinvestment and redevelopment.

May 19, 2021 - Dallas Morning News

New York City

Manhattan's Economy Depended on Office Workers. Now What?

With 90 percent of its usual commuters still working from home and a full return to the office highly unlikely, what will become of New York City's towering office buildings?

April 6, 2021 - The New York Times

Downtown Philadelphia

Pandemic's Economic Realities Bolster Case for a Land Value Tax

The example of Philadelphia shows how a land value tax could provide relief to residents and the city's finances.

October 18, 2020 - WHYY

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Property Tax Could Fund $7 Billion Transit Plan in Austin, Displacement Mitigation Included

A $7 billion transit investment plan for Austin would include $300 million toward preventing displacement of communities in neighborhoods located near planned transit investments.

August 4, 2020 - KUT


Dallas Eyes Big Property Tax Increase to Cover COVID-19 Losses

Dallas will need voter approval to overcome tax increase obstacles put in place by the Texas State Legislature.

May 31, 2020 - The Dallas Morning News


Property Tax System in Delaware Ruled Unconstitutional

A property tax shake up is coming to the state of Delaware. Some will pay more, and some will pay less as the ruling forces assessments to come in line with reality.

May 11, 2020 - Delaware News Journal

Los Angeles Residential

The Complex Story Behind the Failure of California's Upzoning Bill

SB 50 was often viewed as an attack on wealthy, single-family homeowners, but housing justice advocates also had issues with the legislation.

February 19, 2020 - Curbed

End of the Mall

The End of the Mall? Navigating the Shifting Retail Landscape

More online shopping means fewer consumers are spending money at brick-and-mortar stores, with suburban malls hit especially hard. But municipalities are looking for creative strategies to navigate a post-mall world.

December 27, 2019 - Land Lines

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'Property Tax Transparency' Approved in Iowa

A new law, signed by Governor Kim Reynolds this week, will require extra steps of local officials before they can raise property taxes in the state of Iowa.

May 25, 2019 - Cedar Rapids Gazette

Minneapolis Traffic

New Minnesota Governor Prepares for Gas Tax Hike Battle

Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, who took office on Jan. 7, wants to hike the state's 28.6-cents gas tax, 15% lower than the national average, so cities like Duluth won't have to ask voters to pass sales tax increases to fund local road repairs.

January 24, 2019 - KBJR

Adaptive Reuse

Property Tax Relief on the Table for Pittsburgh's Developing Neighborhoods

Pittsburgh is considering a gentrification and displacement prevention measure for longtime residents of rapidly changing neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh.

January 23, 2019 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Big Box Store

Understanding the 'Dark Store Theory' Costing Local Governments Millions in Property Tax

The New York Times takes a deep dive into the "dark store theory" costing local municipalities millions, and potentially more, in property tax revenues all over the country.

January 17, 2019 - The New York Times

Gold Coast and Old Town

Progressive Property Tax Proposal Dies in Less Than 24 Hours

Susana Mendoza, a Chicago mayoral candidate, reconsidered her plan for a graduated property tax after receiving pushback.

January 10, 2019 - Crain's Chicago Business


New Property Tax Changes Proposed in California

A new bill proposed in the California legislature would cut back on the number of Prop. 13 property tax breaks handed down to heirs—who then live somewhere else.

December 4, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

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