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Ind. Courts - "Tax-case ruling to have far-reaching consequences"

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette "big box/dark box" editorial today:You can be forgiven if the tax bill for the Kokomo Kohl's store isn't foremost in your mind these days. But arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday could have a...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on April 24, 2017 10:02 AM

Ind. Decisions - Upcoming oral arguments this week and next

This week's oral arguments before the Supreme Court (week of 4/24/17): Thursday, April 27 9:00 AM - [Rescheduled for 6/29/17] In the Matter of J.B. and L.B.; J.J. (Mother) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services (20A05-1510-JC-01612) The mother...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on April 24, 2017 08:00 AM

Ind. Decisions - Upcoming oral arguments this week and next

This week's oral arguments before the Supreme Court (week of 4/17/17): No oral arguments scheduled. Next week's oral arguments before the Supreme Court (week of 4/24/17): Thursday, April 27 9:00 AM - In the Matter of J.B. and L.B.;...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on April 17, 2017 09:58 AM

Courts - Big box/dark box in other states: Wisconsin, Kentucky

Updating a long list of earlier ILB posts, here is a March 19th AP a story from Wisconsin, headed "Big Box Stores Gird for Battle with Wisconsin Cities." And yesterday Valarie Honeycutt Spears of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported "Walgreens loses...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on March 23, 2017 09:32 AM

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Boone County donates $10,000 to fund amicus brief in pivotal tax court appeal"

Updating this Jan. 6th ILB post, Rod Rose follows up last week's "big box/dark box tax" appeal story in The Lebanon Reporter with another, dated Jan. 12 and headed "Chief justice sets filing deadline for amicus briefs in tax bill...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on January 13, 2017 11:56 AM

Ind. Gov't. - "Boone County donates $10,000 to fund amicus brief in pivotal tax court appeal"

Rod Rose of the Lebanon Reporter writes this morning in a lengthy story that begins:Funds are being sought from the state's cities, towns and counties to help pay for an appeal of the Indiana Tax Court’s September decision that slashed...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on January 6, 2017 09:44 AM

Ind. Decisions - More on: Tax Court posts one today, decided Friday, another big box/dark box case

Updating this ILB post from Nov. 7, re the Nov. 4th Tax Court decision in Monroe Co. Assessor v. CVS, Ernest Rollins of the $$ Bloomington Herald-Times reported Dec. 19th in a story that begins:The property tax battle between Monroe...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on December 20, 2016 08:51 AM

Ind. Decisions - Tax Court posts one today, decided Friday, another big box/dark box case

In Monroe County Assessor v. SCP 2007-C-26-002, LLC a/k/a CVS 3195-02, an 8-page opinion, Judge Wentworth writes:On August 19, 2015, the Indiana Board of Tax Review issued a final determination valuing a CVS store in Bloomington, Indiana for purposes of...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on November 7, 2016 12:55 PM

Ind. Courts - Tax Court hearing Monroe/CVS "Big Box/Dark Box" Appeal this Morning

The appeal to the Indiana Tax Court in CVS Corporation v. Monroe County Assessor (49T10-1512-TA-00032) is being heard by the Indiana Tax Court this morning at 10:00 AM in Room 413. According to the court calendar:The Assessor challenges whether, in...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on October 31, 2016 09:45 AM

Ind. Decisions - "Dark Boxes are Comparable Properties in Indiana "

Howard County Assessor v. Kohl's Indiana LP (ILB summary here), the first of the big box/dark box appeals to be decided by the Indiana Tax Court, is the subject of an article from Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. Some quotes:The primary...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on September 29, 2016 10:36 AM

Ind. Decisions - Tax Court issues first "big box/dark box" assessment appeal; this is big

In Howard County Assessor v. Kohl's Indiana LP, an 11-page opinion, Judge Wentworth writes:On December 31, 2014, the Indiana Board of Tax Review issued a final determination valuing the Kohl’s store in Kokomo, Indiana for purposes of the 2010,...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on September 7, 2016 05:35 PM

Ind. Gov't. - "Tax assessment plan for [Michigan] big box stores plods ahead"

The two most recent ILB posts on the big box/dark box issue:Ind. Gov't. - Big box/dark box issue solved? Updating a long list of earlier ILB "big box/dark box" posts, according to an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on June 13, 2016 11:30 AM

Ind. Gov't. - Big box/dark box issue solved?

Updating a long list of earlier ILB "big box/dark box" posts, according to an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, the problem in Indiana has been solved. The headline to the article is "'Their fair share' Big-box store...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on June 3, 2016 12:21 PM

Ind. Gov't. - "Appeals court ruling brings an end to big box stores ripping off local communities’ tax dollars"

Don't get too excited. That is the headline to a story from Eclectablog (a respected Michigan political blog) - big h/t to Dan Carden of the NWI Times for spotting it. Some quotes from the blog piece, authored by Chris...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on May 27, 2016 02:41 PM

Ind. Courts - Oral argument set before Tax Court in first big-box/dark box appeal

"Tax court to consider local CVS assessments" is the headline to this story today by Ernest Rollins of the $$ Bloomington Herald-Times. This is not the first big box/dark box appeal to be heard by the Tax Court. That occurred...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on May 16, 2016 10:55 AM

Ind. Gov't. - "Big-box property tax assessment appeals could cost Merrillville millions"

The ILB has a long list of earlier posts on the big box/dark box property tax assessment issue. From the NWI Times, a story by Charles F. Haber, here reprinted by the Indiana Econimc Digest, that begins:MERRILLVILLE — Town officials...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on May 13, 2016 01:45 PM

Ind. Gov't. - Big box/dark box property tax law revisions pass in last hours of session

According to this story this morning by Hayleigh Colombo in the IBJ: There could be some relief in sight for local governments that were losing tax revenue due to the so-called “dark box” valuation method of commercial property in their...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on March 11, 2016 07:48 AM

Ind. Gov't. - "Big box tax appeal could cost municipalities big dollars"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB posts on the big box/dark box property tax assessment issue, including this one yesterday about St. Joe County, today Karen Caffarini has this lengthy story in the Gary Post-Tribune. The story begins:A state...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on February 19, 2016 08:45 AM

Ind. Gov't. - "Big box/dark box property tax fight: St. Joseph County vs. big box stores"

Jeff Parrott of the South Bend Tribune reports today:St. Joseph County officials could soon gear up for a fight with big box stores over their property tax bills. If the stores win, as they’ve already done in cases near Indianapolis...

Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on February 18, 2016 11:38 AM