April 29, 2013, 8am PDT
New York prohibits County Industrial Development Agencies from granting tax breaks to retail projects, but will waive this rule if the project is a "tourist attraction." The Onondaga County IDA thus declared a proposed Costco a tourist attraction.
January 26, 2013, 11am PST
First came the floods from torrential rains and record storm surges. Now, long after the flood waters have receded, localities across the New York region are bracing for receding finances from declining property tax revenues.
August 8, 2012, 12pm PDT
The Washington Post has found that the D.C. government reduced the assessed value of commercial properties owned by some of the city's biggest developers last year to the tune of $2.6 billion, which translates to $48 million in lost tax revenue.
July 4, 2012, 11am PDT
So says the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, releasing a new report that says this all-too-common strategy rarely pays off.
January 23, 2012, 1pm PST
Are cities across the country acting negligently in ignoring the property tax implications of different development types? Joseph Minicozzi thinks so, and he's done the math to prove it.
December 30, 2011, 12pm PST
A group of lawyers in California has filed a lawsuit to overturn the two-thirds legislative voting requirement of Proposition 13, the law that limits increases in the state's taxes -- but not property taxes.
September 26, 2011, 12pm PDT
Jeffery R. Levine asks if, given the reliance on property taxes, the planning process is truly revenue-blind.
Planning Commissioners Journal
August 17, 2011, 8am PDT
Delinquent properties are scattered throughout Philadelphia, and they collectively owe nearly $500 million in taxes. This is a major problem for the city, and new legislation is hoping to tackle it.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2011, 9am PDT
A comic book is helping municipal employees in Brazil to understand how to catalog land for the collection of property taxes.
March 31, 2011, 11am PDT
Payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) are a popular new way for cash-strapped cities to add to their revenue by swapping voluntary payments from nonprofits for property taxes. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy evaluates this novel practice.
January 6, 2011, 12pm PST
California Governor Jerry Brown is settling into his new office by taking on one of the state's most controversial laws: the property tax increase limits enforced by Proposition 13.
November 30, 2010, 1pm PST
Local property taxes are often levied disproportionately on multifamily developers, resulting in higher taxes for apartment-dwellers, says Stephen Smith.
November 29, 2010, 8am PST
Do they work? That's the question as state officials investigate New Jersey's Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) program.
November 11, 2010, 12pm PST
Mayors in metropolitan Vancouver are facing two options for expanding transit service in the region -- and a hard decision about how to generate the funding to make it happen.
September 30, 2010, 7am PDT
While cities across the country are raising fees to counteract the recession, the village of Schaumburg, Illinois is bucking the trend and decreasing or even eliminating municipal fees.
September 8, 2010, 2pm PDT
Colorado Springs, Colorado has some of the lowest property taxes in the nation, and its heavily right-wing residents like it that way. But with the recession, the lack of tax income is causing some heavy cuts to city services.
August 14, 2010, 5am PDT
Seattle has a long list of transportation projects on the drawing boards, but little money to bring them into reality. So local officials are considering a plan to create transportation taxing districts to help fund the projects.
July 26, 2010, 9am PDT
A small town in Nebraska is reviving the Homestead Act, offering plots of land to people in order to cash in on property taxes down the line. Other places are following suit.
July 15, 2010, 12pm PDT
The economic recession is lightening up in some areas, but cities and municipalities will continue to struggle with the downturn in the economy for years, mainly because of falling property tax revenues.
July 14, 2010, 10am PDT
Lawmakers in New Jersey have approved a bill that will limit annual property tax increases to 2%.