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          Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 1 pm at the Wilma Town Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance.  County Assessor Kelly Schroeder and Wilma Assessor Bob Brewster attended, plus Supervisors Mike McCullen and Gary Vink and Clerk Paul Raymond, plus Pat and Helena Story.

Kelly said that Wilma had no sales in the period from Oct. 2013 through September, 2014, so property values had to be determined by sales in Arna and New Dosey, which had a .38% increase in values determined by new sales, and a ½ of 1% increase in parcels over 34 acres.

Kelly said the statute states that valuation notices for 2016 have to be mailed ten days before the Board of Appeal, and since there were only seven days today’s meeting can’t be adjourned but must be continued after voters have another opportunity to appeal their taxes in Sandstone April 14 or at the Courthouse April 15. Then the board can meet again to continue the meeting or have a conference call with all the Supervisors and Clerk and Assessors after these appeals.  Mike moved that the Board meet by conference call on Wednesday, April 22, at noon.  Gary seconded.

Pat and Helena Story,  Parcel 32.5084.000:  Pat said he didn’t understand why his property taxes have increased so much since he moved here permanently.  He wanted to know how the tax values are determined, and what he is getting for his taxes.  He doesn’t feel he is getting the services he pays for, e.g. the very inadequate warning reflectors on McDermott Creek dropoff.  Bob said Pat’s tax valuation did go up by $9,000 in 2015, from $160,000 to $169,000.  Bob said the county had valued his home as fake (half) log siding, when in fact it is whole logs, which increased the value.  Also a new cement slab patio increased the value by $570, which meant a $5 tax increase.  The increase is not retroactive, so Pat was paying lower taxes than he should have for the past 5 years.  Kelly said Pat and Helena’s home is not homesteaded and asked why.  Pat said when he first moved here he also had a home in Washington County that was homesteaded, so he wasn’t allowed to homestead the Wilma home.  Kelly said homesteading no longer cuts taxes in half, but Pat would save $282 in taxes if he homesteads, and she gave him the application forms to do it.  This also can’t be made retroactive, but he will have this discount every year from now on.  Gary moved that there be no change in Pat and Helena’s statement property value except for the homesteading credit.  Mike seconded.  Passed.

Mike McCullen:  Mike said he isn’t contesting his value, but he thinks the arbitrary categories of real logs/fake logs doesn’t take into account the great difference in value of a whole log home make from redwood or cedar or oak logs versus poplar logs, although they are taxed the same.  Bob said there would be too many categories if they tried to distinguish the kind of wood.

Kelly said the Board of County Commissioners are holding their meetings in various towns to give the taxpayers opportunities to voice their concerns and ask questions. The next community meeting will be the 4th Tuesday of May at the Duquette Community Center in Kerrick.  They will also be holding them in Sandstone and Hinckley.

Glen moved that the Board of Appeal be continued on Wednesday, April 22 at 12 noon by conference call to vote on any appeals made at the two county Boards of Appeal.  Mike seconded.  Kelly will call all the Supervisors and the Clerk to set up the conference call.  No adjournment.

APRIL 22, CONFERENCE CALL CONTINUATION OF MEETING:  Assessor Kelly Schroeder reconvened the Board of Equalization and Review by conference call with Glen Williamson, Gary Vink and Paul Raymond.

There were no more appeals at the courthouse or by letter since our meeting.  Gary asked about two Vink parcels and how the agricultural tax values went up $6,500 in value.  Kelly said part of this increase is that all river-front or lakefront property went up to $30 per foot, on both sides of the river.  Kelly said that one of Gary’s parcels would be reduced because there is no road access to the property.  Gary said their land in Sections 5 and 8 have been clear-cut, and should get a reduction in value.  Kelly said they do not consider trees in property values, whether it’s forested or clear cut, only if it’s high-ground or swamp.

Kelly reminded Paul to have the Board of Review certification form filled out at the May 6 board meeting.

Glen moved to adjourn; Gary seconded.  Meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Paul Raymond, Clerk

Wilma Township Board of Appeal and Equalization Reconvenes 4/22/15

Notice is hereby given, that the Board of Appeal and Equalization of the Township of Wilma in Pine County, Minnesota will reconvene via conference call on April 22, 2015 at 12 pm … see notice belowWilmaTownshipNotice042215


NOTICE WILMA TOWNSHIP:   Due to insufficient time for Wilma taxpayers to appeal their 2016 property evaluations, they may appeal at Sandstone City Hall on Tuesday, April 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., or at the Pine Co. Courthouse on April 15thfrom 2 to 4 p.m.  Wilma’s Board of Appeal held on April 6th has been continued to Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12 noon by conference call of the Supervisors and Assessors to vote on any appeals.  Parties wishing to be part of this conference call notify Clerk Paul Raymond 320-245-2579.



To Appeal 2015 Property Tax Valuations
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1 p.m.
Wilma Town Hall, Duxbury

Paul Raymond, Clerk



Chairman Glen Williamson called the Board of Review to order at 1 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present Supervisor Gary Vink, Clerk Paul Raymond, County Assessor Kelly Schroeder and Wilma Assessor Robert Brewster, and Joseph Vink. Paul read the record of the 2012 Board of Equalization. Gary moved to approve; Glen seconded.

There were no letters. Joseph Vink asked about parcel 32.00079, the site of the Duxbury Store and the Vink home. The description on his tax form was cut off at the point where it said “excluding…” Bob explained that the description was too long to fit on the paper, so it just got cut off. They went on line with Glen’s phone and antenna to reach the store Wi-fi to look up the legal description. The 2.8 acres on the southwest corner of section 9 is 20 rods (330’) wide, west to east measured from the center of Tamarack River Road, and 16 rods (264’) from the center of Duxbury Road to the Pletcher’s and the Town Hall’s property line north. Joe’s property runs 150’ north and 165’ east. Pletcher’s is 114’ north to the property line. West to east, Duane Winglike owns the 84 feet running east of the store, and the township owns the last 81’. Both Glienke’s and the township’s land runs the full 16 rods north, 264’. Joe said that the township purchased 21’ from Mike Glienke, but it is unclear if the 84’ reflects the dimension before or after that sale. Joe said the county will have the deed and description of this sale. Vink’s and Pletcher’s total one acre, and Glienke’s and the townships total one acre. Joe said his only concern is that he was being taxed for part of Pletcher’s property. Kelly said they have the accurate description and he is not.

Gary Vink brought parcel 32.0081, the south farm property that is still in Beverly Vink’s name. Gary said he wanted to have it appraised as residential homestead as he is living in the trailer there. Kelly said the Board wouldn’t rule on that, but Gary can go to the county to have it changed to homestead status.

No other appeals. Gary moved to adjourn; Glen seconded. Meeting adjourned at 1:40 p.m. Paul Raymond, Clerk