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  • Delinquent Property Taxes

    Reporters obtained the database of all the delinquent property tax cases in Fayette County since 1974. From that list of thousands of delinquent tax cases reporters found the dozen or so worst offenders in the 1990's. We discovered that the #1 delinquent property tax case involved a prominent, local developer who owed more than $100,000 and the county attorney was threatening to sell some of his property.
  • Battling for Business

    Ohio municipalities have the authority to cut corporate property taxes to encourage industrial job creation and development, an incentive Lake County has used aggressively. The relocations have displaced hundreds of local jobs, about one for every three they've reportedly created, according to an analysis of county data. Further investigation showed that even jobs reportedly "created" are sometimes transferred from other places. This five-part series examines the issue.
  • Erie County Homeowners Pay...(Assessments)

    A Buffalo News CAR investigation reveals that in Erie County outdated home values-most as old as a decade-create many inequities. Owners of comparable houses pay different amounts in property taxes while owners of vastly different properties pay the same. Some owners of expensive homes even pay less than some owners of more modest homes. (Aug. 4, 1996)
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    The series examined property taxes in New Jersey, and more specifically in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties, under Governor Christie Whitman and former Governor Jim Florio. The Home News & Tribune identified who is really paying property taxes-the major source of funding for local, county and school servcices in New Jersey. (Dec. 11 - 14, 1995)
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    The series reveals the controversy of establishing group homes into communities. Social service agencies try to bring into society's midst such groups as the mentally and physically disabled, recovering alcoholics, drug addicts, teen-age deliquents and the homeless. (March 19 - 20, 1995)
  • Winners & Losers: The 1994 Citrus County Tax Roll

    The Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) reveals that a local property appraiser in a rural county facing a cap on yearly property tax increases due to a new state law, reevaluated the entire county in a single year by using appraisal techniques created by himself; as a result some taxpayers saw the value of their homes double in a year.
  • Tax Delinquents; Picking Up the Tab

    The Asbury Park Press reports that public figures in Ocean County are not paying their share of property taxes on protery that they own.
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    A candidate for Illinois Gov. campaigned on a plan to raise taxes for public education while moving school funding from property taxes to income taxes. While it was well known that the plan would increase funding in poorer districts, The Chicago Reporter's analysis showed that wealthy suburban districts also would have gained.
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    The State revealed that a recycling plant in a poor rural county was burying hazardous material in its plant; the series also found that federal and state regulators had known about the contamination but had not ordered it cleaned up even though residents had complained about unexplained illnesses. Results included an order from the EPA to the company to clean up the pollution and the plant shut down most of its operations, June - September, 1994.
  • Property Taxes: An Unequal Burden

    Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reveals that the county appraiser's office routinely sets property prices for luxury homes far too low, costing the county tax revenues and discriminating against the poor, Sept. 9, 1990.