The Indiana Tax
Court has upheld two earlier rulings denying a tax exemption sought by
United Steelworkers Local 6787 on its property on Ind. 149.
On Friday, the
Indiana Court released a decision confirming the Indiana Board of Tax
Review’s 2915 denial of that exemption, which Local 6787 had sought for its
union hall and Duneland Falls meeting and banquet facility.
The Indiana Board
of Tax Review was itself upholding Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder’s
earlier denial of such an exemption.
“Every dollar of
granted tax exemption is ultimately made up by the remaining tax base and so
it is imperative that the county guard against unnecessary and unlawful
exemptions,” the Indiana Tax Court said in a statement released on Friday.
“In this case the Assessor vigorously defended the county and its taxpayers
against an unlawful tax exemption.”
Local 6787’s use of the property “very notable and very desirable, but
nevertheless not meeting the required legal test for an exemption”Ńvoiced
his approval of the Tax Court’s ruling. “I am pleased with the decision by
the Tax Court and I will continue to represent the best interests of the
Porter County taxpayer.”
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