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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Attested to: Glen Williamson, Chair