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  1. #1
    Apr 2007
    Northeast Kansas

    Linking taxation to land use

    Hello fellow planners! My ever vigilant peers in the County Appraisal Department recently noticed on our County Commissioner's agenda a very delinquent taxpayer had applied to receive a special use permit. The application was not for the land delinquent on its property taxes. It was for another piece of property that was more or less current.

    The appraisers office would love to add a requirement to our regulations requiring the individual to be current on their taxes before progressing down the planning and zoning path. I have honestly never heard of such a thing before. They also want the applicant to agree to taxation accessment inspections prior to applying for a permit or zoning change. I don't know if it is wise or legal to link land use and taxes.

    I would love to hear the thoughts of my fellow planners.


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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
    Aug 2005
    in a meeting
    we used to do this link of pursuing permits while in a tax lien, but we took it out of the Ordinance -

    but I think you will get more hits to this thread if you ask moderators to move this to the land use section of threads...

    welcome from Downeast Maine, just the same!

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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
    May 2003
    Staff meeting
    Sounds like a bad idea. Just because the person is delinquent on another property should not affect the legal procedure for another unconnected property.

    If the person is delinquent then just attack them for non-payment. Don't take away all property rights univerisally within the County.

    If you want to penalize someone for non-payment then just increase the fines for that.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

  4. #4
    I think I agree with mendelman -- unless it was the parcel that was delinquent as the subject of the zoning application, I wouldn't mess with it.

    Besides, I've got enough to do around here already, why the heck would I want to add tax collection to the list?

  5. #5
    Aug 2005
    Funky Town, CO.
    I also agree with Mendelman and Gedunker.

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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Emerald Coast
    Unless you can establish an essential nexus between delinquent taxes on one parcel and the use permit for another (which I’m not seeing), it wouldn’t pass the legal test.

    BTW, when was the last time an appraiser's office ever assisted the planning dept...on anything?

  7. #7
    Cyburbian Queen B's avatar
    Mar 2003
    "Somewhere in the middle"
    Well my appraisal department and I work closely together. They do stuff for me all the time. On ther other hand I do building permits mostly for them. Since we have no building codes the building permit is for appraisal purposes.

    As for tieing the permit process to the deliquent taxes. the only thing that we do along that line is make them pay the taxes in full before they are allowed to file a plat in the deeds office. Which is kind of odd in the fact that if someone is filing early in the year they make them pay taxes that would not be due in full until June.
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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