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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.

Paul read the record of last year’s Board of Equalization. Kelly corrected the record that the assessor must keep our values within the 90% – 105% range of county assessments, not 95% – 105% as the record stated. With this correction, Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded.

There were no property owners with appeals, and no letters of appeal were received. Mike had a question about parcels that are reclassified from agricultural homestead to high ground and have their taxes doubled, including township taxes; does the town get that extra revenue? Kelly said that the town receives the same total amount they levied, but that if someone pays more, everyone else will pay less.

Glen asked a theoretical question about his campground; if he were to sell it or shut down the campground, how would the taxes change? Kelly said that the 68 improved full-service sites with water, septic and electricity would still be assessed, even if they were vacant, but the taxes would go down a little. Mike asked what the RVL classification means. Kelly said it is Rural Vacant, a new classification made in 2009 for any non-farm acreage over 20 acres, for improved properties.

Mike asked if he planted corn could he get an agricultural classification. Bob said a minimum of 10 acres is required.

Assessor Certification: Gary is good through 2020, but this is Glen’s last year to be certified. Kelly said he can get the training on-line or possibly at the township summer short course. There is a law requiring township assessors to be trained in commercial assessments, even if the towns they assess have no commercial properties or so few that the county assessor can easily do them, like with Wilma and the camp and store. When it takes effect in two years, Bob will not be able to do our assessments. Bob said Senator Tony Lourey is fighting this bill, and Kelly said there are now four competing bills to either remove this requirement or extend the current requirements. One is to get rid of the law totally.  One is so it does not go into effect until 2022 (instead of 2019).  Another proposal is that it does not affect anyone who was working prior to 2010 (I started in 2004).  There are many different proposals. Paul said our board just attended the spring short course for the MN Association of Townships and they didn’t even mention this in the legislative update. He will write to them to add this to their legislative lobbying at the statehouse, and to discuss it at the Legal Short Course on April 20, since this affects many townships. Bob said that in about 2/3 of all 87 counties in Minnesota, the county does all of the assessing.  There are no township assessors at all.  The only reason we have township assessors here is because our Pine County Board allows it.  We are in the minority.  Maybe this is why MAT is not very involved. Bob said the increased training would affect 600 local assessors, and they have no way to offer training to that many people by the deadline.

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

_____ _______________________

Paul Raymond, Clerk


Attested to: Glen Williamson, Chair



Chairman Glen Williamson called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Also present Supervisors Mike McCullen, Gary Vink, Treasurer Patrice Winfield, Clerk Paul Raymond, and Grader Operator Alden Shute..

Paul read the record of the March board meeting. One correction: Mike was present at the meeting. With correction, Gary moved to approve; Mike seconded.

ROAD REPORT: Alden has ordered the cutting edge and has to bring the blade in to get it installed. He inspected Eagle Head Road and there is no water from beavers so Mark Ackerman must be taking care of the dam. A county survey marker popped up in the middle of Heller Drive which is a road hazard. Alden contacted the county and pounded the stake back into the road two inches. Mike said we’ll see if it pops up again next year. We don’t know when it was put in.

Backup Grader Operator: Steve Menth is interested and willing. He is on the road a lot. He will work with Alden for training. Mike said Steve may retire in nine months and will be available more, and he will be driving less in the summer.

OLD BUSINESS: Township Records: Mike is still checking at Fleet Farm and Sams. He wants to install the safe in the grader or fire hall garage since they have cement floors and it will be too large to fit in the hall closet.

Pete Anderson Road Bridge: Paul wrote to Mike Goetz with the information from our township attorney, and told him he needs DNR and Soil and Water approval to fix the bridge at the end of the road crossing over to New Dosey Township.

Pine County Township Officer’s Association Meeting: Was Saturday, March 25, at the American Legion, Hinckley. Report by Paul on speakers. Very good and informative meeting.

EAGLE HEAD FIRE STATION: Glen talked with Representative Jason Rarick at the County Township Officers’ meeting and he said MN Dot will not give the town the land and buildings because of the tower. Dave Drake had said at the Duxbury VFD Business meeting that Rarick and Lourey believe the fire department lease on the station is secure for many years. Mike said he wants a clear 20-year lease before we can invest more money in the station.

NEW BUSINESS: Spring Short Course: Will be this Friday, April 7, Black Bear Casino in Carlton. Registration at 8 a.m., Sessions begin at 9. Register on site.

Road Inspection: The board will set the date for the road inspection at the May 3rd Board Meeting.

BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION: To appeal property tax assessments for 2018 taxes: Will be next Monday, April 10, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Gary said his township property taxes doubled for 2018. He wants to have Kelly Schroeder explain why his taxes have doubled. Paul said it’s not because any levy change but because of the property classification. Mike asked if the township will be getting the extra tax revenue.

Township Website Renewal: Gary moved to renew, Aspire to host the town’s website for 2017; Mike seconded. Glen abstained. Glen said our WiFi is being used by a lot of different people, but we are still well below the allowance limit.

Treasurer’s Report and Claims: Patrice needed the board to sign the new Schedule 1 for 2016 because of a coding error that required a revision. She gave the treasurer’s report. Claims and bills for March total $3,875.87, and she requests a transfer of. $4,000. Gary moved to approve the report and to transfer the funds; Mike seconded.

Gary moved to adjourn; Mike seconded. Meeting adjourned 9:15 p.m.

Paul Raymond, Clerk _____________________________

Attested to by Glen Williamson, Chair_____________________________

Pine County, Minnesota