| 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...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 8:26 AM
Tens of thousands of Maryland homeowners who haven't already applied for the Homestead Property Tax Credit have until the end of the year to do so or lose the often-valuable break.
The deadline was set so long ago — 2007 — that some residents...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 1:56 PM
Last week while reporting on the latest tax credit mess, we learned about an obscure 1999 Baltimore law that appeared to have potentially big consequences. It seemed to bar city homeowners from getting both a historic rehab tax credit and a homestead...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 4:59 PM
Anne Arundel County residents would see their property taxes increase under the $1.2 billion budget proposed Monday by County Executive John R. Leopold, but that would be partially offset by a drop in trash pickup frequency and fees. County workers,...
| Apr 28, 2012
| 10:33 AM
They're some of the priciest condos in the city, but they're taxed like empty lots.
At the Ritz-Carlton Residences along Baltimore's Inner Harbor — where a recent sale topped $1.5 million — the tax bill for most of the condos was $1,309...
| Apr 17, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Cook County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a watered-down plan for government offices to work on streamlining the property tax process after Board President Toni Preckwinkle said a proposal to create a single county tax administrator would violate state...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Many Baltimore City property owners may have a hard time comprehending the size of their tax bills, but the bills themselves should make more sense when the new batch goes out in the mail in a couple of months. City tax bills are getting something of a...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 1:45 PM
Huntington Beach officials expressed shock and uncertainty for the city's development future following the state Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that abolished redevelopment agencies.
Mayor Don Hansen said the ruling poses an even bigger risk for the...
| Jan 7, 2012
| 1:25 PM
When the city sends Tom Clancy his property tax bill, finance officials might want to tuck in a thank-you note.
The multimillionaire novelist's supersized digs at the Ritz-Carlton Residences along the Inner Harbor have by far the highest tax payment of...
| Jan 9, 2012
Two weeks ago, I wrote about a lawsuit working its way through the state courts that poses a novel and fundamental challenge to Proposition 13, the tax initiative approved by California voters in 1978. According to the lawsuit, brought by former UCLA...