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WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION, APRIL 8, 2019

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION, APRIL 8, 2019

Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 1:15 pm at the Wilma Town Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance. County Assessor Lorri Houtsma and Wilma Assessor Bob Brewster attended, plus Supervisor Gary Vink, Patrice Winfield, Pat Story and Clerk Paul Raymond.

Paul read the record of last year’s Board of Equalization. Gary moved to approve; Glen seconded.

Pat Story, Parcel R32.5084. Pat questioned how the estimated market value is determined and where are these records kept? Bob explained that estimated market values are based on a sales study of qualifying sales; the assessor has to set values at 90% – 105% of sales in the previous year, October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. The assessment records are stored at the assessor’s office in the courthouse. Qualifying Sales have a CRD, Certificate of Deed filed with the Auditor who gives it to the Assessor. Excluded sales are family sales, forced foreclosures, and token sales. The increase in EMV for the 33 townships in Pine County is set by the sales in each township the previous year and a half ago, and must be set between 90 – 105%. Ours is 90.3%, which is low. The only actual increases in Pat’s market value would be if he had an inspection and had added buildings or other changes, and he didn’t.

Patrice Winfield, Parcel R32.013: Patrice said her estimated values usually rise 2 or 3% but for next year they went up 4.5%. Bob said some people’s values rise differently from the person next door because swamp land and high ground and other classifications rise at different rates, but essentially the increases are evenly and fairly distributed among taxpayers. If anyone’s actual taxes increase it is because their levies changed; either the township or county or school.

Gary Vink, Parcel R32.0079, Duxbury Store and Bar: Bob said that most commercial assessments went up in 2019, but in 2007 the County Assessor Troy Stewart came out and lowered the value of the store 20% since it is not open year-around, and the bar only during hunting season. Parcel R32:1041, the Farm: Gary said he applied to put the land under the county forest plan, but this doesn’t show up on his 2020 appraisal. Lorri looked up Gary’s application online and said he submitted it in December, 2018 and the deadline for 2019 was before last May., but she did approve his application and it will apply in future years and reduce Gary’s taxes by 35%. The number to contact the forester to get a managed Forest Management Plan 2C is Paul Swanson at 320-216-4245.

Two Trailers at Two Creeks: Propertys M32.8900.08 and M32.8900.03: Both trailers were appraised as personal property since their tags were not current. They both have since renewed their tabs and Glen moved to remove them from the tax roles; Gary seconded.

Assessor Certification: Gary’s certification is good through 2020 and Glen was re-certified this past year, for three years.

Gary moved to adjourn; Glen seconded. Meeting adjourned at 2.00 p.m.

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Paul Raymond, Clerk

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Attested to: Glen Williamson, Chair

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION, APRIL 9, 2018

WILMA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION, APRIL 9, 2018

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.

Paul read the record of last year’s Board of Equalization. Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded.

There were no property owners with appeals, and no letters of appeal were received. Gary had a question about the special assessments for the garbage board and county solid waste disposal. It is $36 for garbage pickup and $6 for county solid waste. He also asked about line 10C Special Taxes; his went from $4.80 to $4.61. Kelly said this is for ECRDC (East Central Regional Development Commission); it went down because they have stopped sponsoring the Senior Linkage line that gives help to seniors; the county now handles this.

Kelly said that for proposed taxes for next year the market is increasing an average of 2% for residential. This board is to review 2018 assessments for 2019 taxes, based on October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 for all property types, residential, seasonal, commercial, campgrounds, etc. Wilma residential sales were at 98% market value, which is good (it must be between 90 and 105%.) There were no other transactions that affected market value; our values in Wilma are stable.

Glen has an issue with an abandoned trailer in his campground where they have not paid their taxes in 10 years. He wants to get rid of the trailer but can’t until the taxes are paid and they can’t foreclose on personal property. Kelly said Glen can go through the courts and get ownership and pay the taxes and then he can do whatever he wants. There are $913 in unpaid taxes.

One change: Parcel 32.8900.038 a camper at the Two Creeks Campground that did not have tabs so was assessed taxes. They did get tabs so Mike moved to remove them from the tax rolls; Gary seconded. Passed. A camper is defined as 8.5′ wide; anything larger is a mobile home.

Kelly said the number to contact the forester to get a managed forest management plan, 2C is Paul Swanson at 320-216-4245.

Assessor Certification: Gary’s certification is good through 2020, but Glen will need to be re-certified. Kelly said he can get the training on-line. The

law requiring township assessors to be trained in commercial assessments has been postponed/extended until 2022 and Bob said he would be willing to continue as our township assessor until then. Kelly said when the time comes, there could be another extension or change in the law.

Gary moved to adjourn; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned at 1:35 p.m.

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Paul Raymond, Clerk

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Attested to: Glen Williamson, Chair