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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


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.



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




Meeting was called to order at 10:00am by Chairman Glen Williamson with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Present at the meeting were Supervisors Gary Vink and Mike McCullen, Chairperson Glen Williamson, Deputy Clerk Toni Williamson, Bob Brewster, Township Assessor, Lana Meyer, Pine County Appraiser.  Township members present were Diane Raymond (R320138-000), Joe Vink (R32053, R320080, and R320141), Steve Alden (R32-0126-000) and Archie France (R3200122-000).

It was motioned by Gary to waive the minutes as they were not available and it was seconded by Mike and passed.

Bob gave an example of what he does as to when property values are up or down and regarding bankruptcy or sales between families as this is not fair market value and the state has final word.

Lana said that last sales study numbers were down as we had three recreational sales and that there was a lowered land cost on buildings.  There were 58 land sales over 35 acres and a land ratio of 109%.  County high ground was $1,350 to $2,150 and reduced to $1,395.  Building sites were $1,000 to $3,000 on first acre, $16,000 for blacktop roads and $13,000 for gravel.

Land values in Wilma were $1,425 per acre, a $50 decrease.  Waste acres were reduced to $550 from $575.  Bob said it was hard to say how real estate goes as nothing is really selling.  The law of averages comes in so with only a few land sales it’s erratic and down.

There were questions on Site Amenity.  It was explained that you only have that with access and buildable site.  It can go to $13,000.

Diane Raymond, (R320138-000) – She has 10 acres and her 2011 value is $47,700 and is now on pavement.  She had an appraisal in January at $26,500 and she came up with $28,000.  Bob said that she has Tamarac River and it costs more.  The site amenity on Tamarac is $27,000 instead of $12,000.  It forces the property tax and is something that is brought up each year.  He said that she will need to take this to legislature as they are powerless at this level.  High ground is at $13,075 per acre with access.  They show three acres of good access and 3-1/2 acres show as landlocked at $850 per acre, lowered from $1,375 because of limited access.  One quarter acre of the land has no value.  Joe mentioned that maybe she can sell it.  Bob said to ask the county but he does not think so due to limited access.  Diane asked how many acres of here land is swamp.  Bob said that none and it should be adjusted down as it is too high.  She’s getting ¼ of land (2-1/2 acres) with no value.

Diane asked for a printout of how they came to $47,700 and Bob said it is on the web.  Mike asked if realtor values it at $26,500 but she pays $47,000, how it works.  He said when it is finished he county will have a copy to look into that will have more detail.  Lana said appraisals for mortgages are coming in low and they check comparable sales with neighbors and other town ships.  This is their guess on what to sell for and the base it on history.  Bob will mail a copy to her and she will send o Pine County Assessor.  There is a broken down building and the minimum house value is $435.00 so she pays $4.00 per year.  Diane said she is satisfied.

Joe Vink, R320138 – Section 7, valued at $72,500 with a 2011 assessment of $68,700.  Bob said it has been adjusted down; the house is below average and 25% has been added for depreciation.  Lana said to look at the valuation for next year.

Joe Vink, R320080 – Gary abstained from any decisions on the Vink properties. (This is the house next to the Duxbury Store.)  It is valued at $76,800.  Bob said he will recommend ½ acre will be adjusted as it is on a blacktop.  The do not have a well and the water is pumped from the Duxbury Store.  Bob said he will recommend they can take ¼ off.  There was discussion as to the relevancy of well sharing.  Glen suggested that he get the ¼ discount because he will be assed for the well since he owns the Duxbury Store.

Joe Vink, R320141 – It is valued at $276,400 for 200 acres.  Building is minimal at $400 and paying $4.00 per year.  Glen asked if his taxes went up and Joe said they went down.  He has 179 acres of high ground and 18 acres of swamp.  It has a driveway, electric and two acres for the road with no well or sewer.  Glen asked Bob if it is possible to have it reduced to four acres for $2,750 off.  This would be a value change from $276,400 to $276,000.  Steve Alden (R32-0126), He had questions regarding garbage.  Glen told him that as of two weeks ago, Gary is in charge of the Garbage Committee and suggested that he attend the meeting on May 24 at 7pm at the Duxbury Store.

Archie France, R3200122-000 –  It is east of the creek on Fust Lane and has 64 acres.  There was discussion as the Supervisors looked at the maps.  Bob’s breakdown showed 64.41 acres had river through it.  Bpb said the Ariel photo showed access and Archie said there was none.  He has ½ site with no well or sewer and it is mostly high  ground. Bob shows two acres of swamp and nine acres of no value.  Bob said they can take off the nine acres.  Glen asked Bob if he recommended that the nine acres to change to no access.  Bob said the value was reduced to $4,275 due to the nine acres he bought in the fall.  After discussion, Bob will remove the outhouse, a savings of 77¢ and the 2011 assessment of $133,100 will have $4,800 removed for a total of $128.300.


Diane Raymond – According to Mike she will need to get paperwork and there can be no changes without paperwork. Glen mentioned that it is sometimes done administratively and he agrees communication is necessary.  Lana agreed they seem to be high and it needs to be looked into.  There was a motion by Gary and a second by Mike for no change.  Motion passed for no change for R320181.

Joe Vink – (Gary Vink excused himself from all votes for Vink.)

  • R320141:   Glen made a motion for no change on the first property and it was seconded by Mike and motion passed.
  • R320080 – Bob suggested we approve reduction and defer to county and the county will represent Joe.  Joe will not have to be there.  It may be in the area of $4,000 in reduction.  Lana said the Department of Revenue encourages no action there is a conflict of interest and that it should all be deferred.  Mike said this is hard to say because we all know each other.  Glen said that regardless of knowing each other or not, we still make tough decisions.  Glen went on to say why not give the ¼ discount since he will be assessed for the well since he also owns it.
  • R320141 – Building minimum is $400, paying $4.00 per year.  Glen asked if taxes went up and Joe said they went down.  Joe has 179 acres of high land and 18 acres of swamp, with a driveway and electric and two acres for the road with no well.  Glen asked if Bob can recommend reducing up to four acres for $2,750 off.  This changes the value to $276,000.

Steve Alden R32-0126-000 – Had questions regarding the garbage fee.  Mike said if you put trash out it is taxed and each property is taxed with this special assessment.  Steve has more than one property, but is taxed on only one.  Glen told him that Gary Vink is now in charge of the garbage. Glen motioned and it was seconded by Mike to recommend he attend the next Garbage meeting on May 24, 2011 at 7pm at the Duxbury Store.

Archie France -R320122 He has nine acres on side of creek.  Should it be inaccessible?   It is east of the creek on Fust Lane.  There was discussion as the supervisors looked at the map.  Per Bob’s breakdown for McDermot Creeks is $16,000 for first acres with 1,320 feet of frontage at $25.00 per foot.  Archie asked about the nine acres to change to no access.  Bob said that it show’s access on the aerial photo.  Glen suggested to Bob to recommend the change the nine acres to no access.  It would be reduced to $4,725.  There are four structures on the property, three stick built and one mobile home.  Bob will recommend removing $4,800 from the $133,100, reducing it to $128,300.

Archie FranceMust take questions regarding trash to the garbage meeting.  Glen motioned and it was seconded by Mike for him to do so and passed.  For Fust Lane – Recommend nine acres reclassified from good to no access.  Motioned by Mike and seconded by Gary and passed.

Glen Williamson – R320073   wanted to know why building value went up to $346,100.  Lana said building value up $4,000 and land value up $14,000.  Glen said he understands.

Glen thanked all for coming out and thanked Lana and Bob and that he hopes all are satisfied.

Motion to adjourn by Gary and seconded by Mike.  Meeting adjourned at 12:00pm.

Toni Williamson

Deputy Clerk, Wilma Township


Board of Reorganization, April 6 and Board of Appeal, April 13

The Wilma Township Board of Reorganization will be held on Wednesday, April 6th 2010 at 7:30pm at the Wilma Town Hall next to the Duxbury Store. It will be immediately followed by the monthly Board of Supervisors meeting.

Unless posted, all future monthly Board of Supervisors meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Wilma Town Hall next to the Duxbury Store. In case of inclement weather, all meetings will be scheduled for the next week at the same time.

The Board of Appeal and Equalization for Wilma Township shall meet on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 10:00am at the Wilma Town Hall.

Any questions please call Toni Williamson at 320-245-5194 or email




Chairman Glenford Williamson, Sr. called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. at the Wilma Town Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Also present were Supervisor Michael McCullen, Clerk Paul Raymond,  Wilma Township Assessor Robert Brewster, Pine County Assessor Representative Lonna Meier, and Eric Ternes, Joe Vink, Eldon and Marjorie Schmedeke, and Carl Kratzke.

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

First up, Eric Ternes, Parcel 32.00166.002 and .003, south on Crooked Lake Road, the last parcels at the end of the road.  His first parcel, .002, has no utilities or water.  There is a 10’x56’ mobile home and a pole garage.  Bob checked his assessment and said that it should be appraised with only a 25% site amenity, not 100%, so there should be a ¾ reduction on the trailer.  The parcel is on the west side of Crooked Creek, with 125 acres high ground, 20 acres swamp.  Eric says no one stays in the mobile home and he will dismantle it if it can’t be reclassified.  It is now valued at $2,000, $1,000 for the roof cover, for an annual tax of about $20.  Bob is willing to cut the trailer to half, or $1,000. Eric said he wants 45 acres designated swamp instead of the current 20.  Bob said that high ground is valued at $1,425/acre according to the sales study.  Lonna said that based on all sales from October 2008 to Oct. 2009 the high ground price was lowered $75 from $1,500/acre.  Swamp land is $575/acre.  Bob said that for the two sales  in Wilma Township during the sales study period the county was 6 ½% too high.

Eric just bought the adjoining 42 acres with a furnished cabin.  It has two bedrooms but is assessed for three, and two bathrooms, but it has 1 and a half.  This was appraised at $263,800 last year and $235,100 this year.  He paid $195,000 for it complete.  Bob says he can’t base an assessment on what anyone paid; some get good deals and some pay more than the land is worth.  Mike said these above value sales hurt everyone, driving all values up.  The county does not count foreclosures and bankruptcies.  Bob said they could reduce the bedrooms and the baths to one ½.  There are 10 acres swamp; Bob said this could be closer to 15 acres.  Lonna said that swamp must be wet year around and incapable of growing trees. They also have a pasture/timber class called “fair” that is a little less than high ground.

Lonna asked Eric if he knew about the managed forest classification.  Eric said he already has some land in this, and would like to enroll 42 more acres in sustainable forest.  The requirements have changed to require a forester to come out and inspect the land.  Lonna said that with the new legislation, the foresters are deluged with requests.  The requirements are that it be wooded and not subdivided, and the owner gets a rebate, but has to report it as income.  It’s run by the Minnesota Dept. of Revenue.  Bob said that if the swamp is increased by 5 acres it could be a difference of around $4,250, from $235,100 to $230,000

Next, Eldon and Marjorie Schmedeke, Parcel 32.0008 on the Pete Anderson Road. He asked if he was being assessed more because this land is on the section line, because the assessor had asked him if this was on a section line.   Bob said no, but it is at the section lines at the northern and western tiers where adjustments are made.  This land had a $68,900 value in 2009; $81,300 in 2010; and for 2011 it is $74,000, and Eldon wants it reduced to $68,000.   Eldon said he would have appealed last year, but couldn’t attend the meeting.  Eldon does have a recorded easement into the land, and this site amenity makes it worth more.

Eldon had another parcel, in Section 12, the SE ¼ of the SW ¼, which was valued at $94,100 last year but is now $84,200.   It is now $2,100 per acre, and he thinks it should be $1,900 based on land he sold nearby.  McDermott Creek goes through the property and is on the county road.  Bob said there has to be a factual reason to change the value of any parcel, and waterfront properties are going very high.

Mike asked if they take into consideration private assessments?  Lonna said they like to see these private assessments, but without sales they don’t change the township values.  Also private appraisers use foreclosure sales and bankruptcies, and out-of-county sales, which the county doesn’t.  Lonna said that land closer to I-35 corridor is appraised higher, and land south is higher. We are higher than Arna and even higher than New Dosey.  Rock Creek land is $2,150/acre.

Carl Kratzke, Parcel 32.00126:  On the South Duncan Road.  Carl said it used to be classified as timber and is now seasonal/recreational and rural/vacant.  Lonna said they count the first 10 acres as recreational if there are buildings, and the rest as rural/vacant land.  Carl said it’s been filed for sustainable forest since 1999; they have 240 acres in sustainable acres.  There is a small mobile home valued at $1,897, and a junkier one. Carl said he thought the buildings were appraised at $5,000 value.  The total assessed value is $341,700, the land $338,000 and buildings $3,700.  Carl said he is disassembling the larger mobile home.  Bob will check it out in the fall.  Carl said he was sure the board agreed that he had 50 acres of swamp a few years ago (it’s now 20 acres swamp).   Glen and Mike checked the aerial photos and agreed that it should be 50 acres swamp.  Carl said the County Surveyor checked South Duncan Road and determined that the road is on Kratzke’s land.  They cut some of the trees on Kratzke’s land and their own land.  Bob said that Carl should not be taxed for the 6 acres of road as it is a township road.  He said the valuation can be reduced from $341,000 to $250,000 due to the road and the swamp.

Paul Raymond, Parcel 32.0138, five acres north of his section line.  Paul asked if he is being charged for a site amenity, even though the land is connected.  Bob said the site amenity was removed a few years ago.

Glen Williamson, Parcel 32.0074, on the east side of his campground. Glen said he has no access to this land and it is all bog and swamp.  Lonna said they could call it no access and take 15 acres off the high ground classification.  Because Glen could not recuse himself, Lonna said he should write to the assessor explaining the situation and get a ruling.

Thomas Desile, 120 acres on the north and west shores of Little Tamarack Lake, called the assessors, but did not attend the meeting.

William Ramsey, Parcel 32.0219.000, by Grace’s Lake.  This land is landlocked with no access except by boat or on foot.  Bob said he is not paying any site amenities and is appraised less because it is landlocked and no access, and it is as low as it can go.

Board Decisions: Eric Ternes: On the first parcel, Mike moved that it be reduced by ¾ site amenity, approximately $9,750.  Glen seconded. Glen moved to change Eric’s second parcel from 3 bedroom, 2 baths, to 2 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, and to increase the swamp to 15 acres.  Also to change the mobile home to a storage shed.  Mike seconded.

Eldon and Marg Schmedeke: Mike said that the recorded easement makes the land worth more, and this increases the site amenity. Mike moved to change 8 acres on the NW corner across the river to no access, about a $3,200 reduction from limited access to no access.  Glen seconded.  Mike said that if they change the second parcel from swamp to no access, this would actually increase the value, so he recommended there be no change.

Carl Kratzke, S. Duncan Road: Glen moved to change the swamp to 50 acres, from 20, and to remove South Duncan Road from the tax rolls, approximately 6 acres.  Mike seconded.

William Ramsey: Glen moved that there be no change; Mike seconded.

Mike moved to adjourn; Glen seconded.   Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Paul Raymond, Clerk