We’re No. 2!But second place isn’t usually something to brag about — and certainly not when it comes to property taxes. Illinois residents pay the second-highest property taxes in the country (New Jersey has the highest), according to Attom Data Solutions, an Irvine, Calif.-based real estate data company.The average annual effective property tax on a single-family house in Illinois is 2.13 percent. Property taxes pay for essential government functions — emergency response, public safety patrols, water, sewer, infrastructure, education — and amenities that define quality of life, like libraries, parks and social services.Are they worth it?First, consider how property taxes affect your overall return on homeownership.Taxes affect property market values and siphon off money that you could potentially direct toward building equity. “Property taxes are a carrying cost that represent money you could use to pay off the mortgage early and build … [Read more...] about You know Illinois’ property taxes are sky-high. But the calculation process might surprise you.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday ordered her chief of staff to fix a flawed process for tracking grants that has put the city in jeopardy of losing much-needed state and federal money.Last month, an audit of how the city manages millions of dollars in state and federal grants came to the same conclusion that previous examinations have: Grant money coming into government coffers is not balancing out with what city agencies are spending.“The city is not able to establish accurate balances of grant accounts,” city Auditor Audrey Askew reported to the Board of Estimates. “The city could lose its much-needed [grant] funding.”Pugh said this week she’s appointed her chief of staff, Kim Morton, to fix the process.“We looked through the audit findings and some of them are duplicates, things have happened year after year,” Pugh told reporters at City Hall. “We don’t want to have these same kind of repeat findings next … [Read more...] about Mayor Pugh orders chief of staff to fix Baltimore’s flawed grants process
Gov. Larry Hogan pulled out a stamp and a red marker Wednesday to veto a bill that would overhaul the state process for vetting and approving the construction and renovation of schools.Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat who has no veto authority, nonetheless joined the Republican governor in signing the veto at the weekly meeting of the Board of Public Works. Both men had sharp words for lawmakers who might be considering an override of the veto.“I can only assume that some legislators maybe had no idea what they were voting for when their party leaders forced them to pass this horrible bill,” Hogan said. “Let me be very, very clear: Anyone who votes to override this veto will be voting against transparency, against accountability in education, against fiscal responsibility and against the wishes of an overwhelming majority of Marylanders.”State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, a Democrat who works with Franchot and Hogan to consider school projects as the third member … [Read more...] about Maryland Gov. Hogan vetoes bill to overhaul school construction approval process, draws criticism from treasurer
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Ashok KM April 5, 2018 9:00 am Change Font Size Time has now come for the Executive and the Legislature to act and cause framing of appropriate Rules/ Procedure/Mechanism to make the process of nomination and election of members to the Boards open and transparent, the bench said. The Kerala High Court, in a recent judgment, has highlighted the necessity to make the process of nomination and election of members to the Devaswom Board open and transparent. The division bench of Justice PR Ramachandra Menon and Justice Devan Ramachandran also asked the government to frame rules so as to allow the citizens to offer themselves as candidates or to suggest eminent persons of their choice, who may be supported by a fixed number of nominations, to be considered for being nominated or elected to the board. These observations were made by the high court on a writ plea filed by TG Mohan Das wherein he challenged the vires of … [Read more...] about Make Process Of Nomination And Election Of Devaswom Board Members Open And Transparent, Kerala HC Tells Govt
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Live Law News Network March 31, 2018 4:33 pm Change Font Size The Bar Council of India has resolved not to allow the Lawyer-Parliamentarians who participate in impeachment proceedings against a Supreme Court or a High Court Judge, to practice law or appear before that Judge/Court. The resolution was passed on 18th March, while considering the petition by BJP leader Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya. The Council accepted the Sub-Committee report to the extent that the legislators cannot be stopped from practicing law. However, the committee had also suggested framing of rules barring MPs from appearing before the Judge/Court against whom motion of removal under the Judges(inquiry) Act, 1968 has been admitted either by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha or by the Chairman of Rajya Sabha. The Council said that it accepts the report ‘except the part relating to the removal proceedings of Judges before the Parliament”. Kapil Sibal, … [Read more...] about BCI Bars Lawyer-Parliamentarians Who Participate In Impeachment Process [Read Resolution]