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Privatizing the Fire Department to Save Jobs?

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Thursday, 24 July 2014 by David H. LeVan

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As a property tax payer, would you vote for privatizing your fire department if it meant saving firefighter’s jobs, which, of course, insures greater safety for the community? The Illinois community of North Riverside is considering this option. The biggest challenge is from the Union, who doesn’t want change, change that includes losing their power. Here’s an interesting read on the situation by Diana Rickert, a writer for the Illinois Policy Institute….. http://bit.ly/1qfKKiu.

Fire Department and Property Taxes



Where in the World are the PropTax Monkeys? Italy!!!

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Thursday, 17 July 2014 by Advantax

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PropTax Monkey and The leaning Tower of Pisa

We are sending the PropTax Monkeys packing. Well at least exploring the globe for interesting property tax facts. Join us as we embark on a great journey and discover “Where in the World are the PropTax Monkeys?” This month they are in Italy and as they say, Buongiorno!!

  • The name “Italy” comes from Greek “italos“, which means calf. In Italy a monkey is “la scimmia”.
  • Property owners, whether or not resident, are liable for property tax on buildings and lands owned in Italy for their own use or as investments.
  • There are at least 500 pasta shapes in Italy, as well as hard-and-fast rules about which sauces go with which pasta. Pesto sauce, for instance, is typically served with linguine and carbonara with bucatini.
  • The applicable tax rate ranges from 0.40% to 0.76% depending on the property location. The tax rate in Florence is 0.40%.
  • It is estimated that the Vatican owns 110,000 properties worth about $12 billion. Their commercial properties are subject to property tax. 
  • Many of the world’s most prestigious sports cars are Italian, such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Bugatti or De Tomaso. Advantax does not let us drive.


PropTax Monkey and The Birth Of Venus


What do an Economist, Ethics Professor and NFL Referee have in common? The 2014 IPT Annual Conference!

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Friday, 11 July 2014 by David H. LeVan

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Dave and Arlene at the IPT 2014 Conference

We have just returned from the IPT Annual Conference and it was a spectacular event full of thought provoking and fun keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions and even a tailgate party. As you can see by the photos there were all kinds of fun activities related to our sports theme.

IPT Conference, Mustard, Ketchup and Hot Dog Race

Arlene Klika we salute you for the wonderful job you did as IPT President this year and for finishing your service with an incredible conference.

Arlene Klika, IPT 2014 Conference

For more conference photos check out the Advantax Facebook page!