| May 5, 2011
| 10:00 PM
The Texas Tribune
With school districts across the state passing belt-tightening budgets due to cuts expected at the Legislature, some are gearing up for legal challenges.
Scott McCown, executive director of the liberal Center for Public Policy...
| May 6, 2011
| 2:25 PM
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District's budget outlook is going from bad to worse, and if there's ever a time to make your voice heard, now is it.
The budget crisis in Sacramento means that even the best-case scenario for education is bleak. The...
| May 19, 2011
| 5:40 PM
The City Council took steps this week to help people around town on foot, without increasing expenditures proposed in the 2011-12 draft budget.
Revisions made Tuesday to the $66-million preliminary budget will be incorporated into a final version...
| May 25, 2011
| 2:53 PM
Anne Arundel County has not been tax-friendly territory. It has the strictest property tax cap in the state, thanks to a voter revolt nearly 20 years ago, and council members have been known to come close to blows over budget measures. Yet this week,...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 8:17 PM
As Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake embarks on a full four-year term after Tuesday's election victory, she faces the challenge of forging a legacy in a city grappling with decades of decline and years of financial shortfalls.
| Nov 9, 2011
| 10:30 AM
Howard County is considering creating "green" residential property tax credits for property owners ("Bill would foster green construction," Nov. 6). To get the proposed credit, a project would have to earn a Silver Rating as defined by the U.S. Green...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 2:13 PM
Bartlett Village President Michael E. Kelly abruptly resigned from office this week amid questions about his failure to pay his property taxes on time.
Kelly, an attorney who was elected village president in 2009 after a dozen years as Hanover Township...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 5:12 PM
The General Assembly's chief budget analyst warned lawmakers Thursday that too much borrowing to achieve Gov. Martin O'Malley's goal of creating jobs through public works spending could put the state's sterling bond rating in jeopardy.
| Jan 11, 2011
A key source of funds for local parks, housing and economic growth would be diverted to state coffers under a proposal Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled Monday as part of his effort to slash a $28-billion state deficit.
Brown's budget calls for the Glendale...
| May 28, 2012
| 7:19 AM
Property Tax Appeals
Cook County has one of the most complicated tax systems in the country. Every homeowner has the right to appeal their property tax, but it's a time-consuming process. Attorneys often handle appeals, but they charge 33% to 50 % and...
| Jan 23, 2011
Steve Walters has a modest proposal that makes Baltimore homeowners cheer and government bean-counters wince: slash the city's property tax rate in half.
The Loyola University Maryland economics professor, pointing to the modern rebirths of San Francisco...