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Judith Sharp says big-box stores are tying up her office with tax assessment challenges, in order to avoid paying their fair share.

Corporate Chains Tying Up County Tax Assessor

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The Monroe County Tax Assessor’s office says the Lowe’s, Target and Menard’s corporations are tying up her office, in challenges to the assessed tax values of their businesses.

This morning, The Monroe County Assessor told Monroe County Commissioners that corporations are trying to cut the assessed tax values of their properties in half. Judith Sharp says the corporate offices of Target, Lowe’s, CVS, and Menard’s continually drag out tax challenges and fight tax assessments in state courts, rather than local offices.

Sharp says it’s the modus operandi for box retailers to tie up local assessor in challenges, with the hope of forcing them to undercut the tax collections for their property. She says that’s lead to thousands of wasted taxpayer dollars. The Monroe County Tax Assessor’s office has already dealt with nearly a decade of challenges in Indiana Tax Review Board in Indianapolis.

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