| 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,...
| Dec 1, 2010
New Orleans families may have to tighten their purse strings to afford tax hikes in 2011. According to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's budget proposal, taxpayers will have to foot the bill to help balance the city's budget.
Mayor Landrieu's current plan...
| Dec 15, 2010
| 6:52 PM
CITY HALL — As City Hall braces for another multi-million budget deficit next fiscal year, city officials say they probably won't have to make any cuts until then.
City Manager Jim Starbird had warned that the City Council may be forced to re-open...
| Dec 21, 2010
| 10:00 PM
Two churches in Mission, Kansas have filed a lawsuit over the controversial transportation utility fee also known as the 'Driveway Tax'. The two churches argue the new transportation utility fee is really a property tax.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday...
| Dec 25, 2010
| 6:08 PM
This column has already discussed the "sacred cow" issue of Social Security, and I have not (yet) been run out of town, so summoning up all of my courage, I will now turn my attention to a discussion about correcting the mistakes of Proposition 13....
| 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...