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MINUTES-BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION- APRIL 11, 2011

Friday, May 6th, 2011

MINUTES-BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION- APRIL 11, 2011

Meeting called to order at 1 p.m. by vice-chair Dave Baker.  Also present were Troy Stewart and Jenny Mansavage, Pine County Assessor’s Office, Bob Brewster, Township Assessor, Clerk Fran Levings, Marcus and Chris Marsh, Dennis Welsh, William St. Martin, and Bob St. Martin.

Dave Baker was recognized by Mr. Stewart as having been trained for this meeting.

  1. Property owner Marcus Marsh (in partnership with John Wolfe- Parcel number- R20.0095.000.  Property located 2.3 miles north of Pine Cty. 32 on the Kingsdale Rd.

Concerns: Mr. Marsh presented several handouts to the assessors..  Property of 140 acres assessed at $132,300 and 108 acres assessed at $146,800.  Showed “comparables” to the Board and claimed his assessment much higher than these.  He claimed that 94 acres was low-land (swamp) and that DNR person Rick Dunkley had walked his property and also questioned the $9000 value of the structure on the 108 acres.

Assessor’s Response:  Mr. Brewster had only 60 acres listed as low-ground and has no problem increased low- ground by 20 acres on the 140 acre plot.  This would lower the assessment to $119,300.  Mr. Brewster and Mr. Stewart will look at the cabin again to determine the value. Mr. Marsh will be notified by mail of any revisions they make or do not make.  Mr. Brewster that he makes all of the specifications to the Pine County Assessor’s Office, then they attach a monetary value.

  1. Property owner Dennis Welsh- Owns many properties.  Only complaint was that his property taxes continue to rise each year.  Mr. Welsh does not blame the township, but wanted to make his point.  Point taken by the Board although it has no authority in setting taxes except via the levy process at the Annual Meeting.

3.  Property Owners William and Bob St. Martin- Parcel numbers R20.0008.000, R20. 0007.000, R20.0006.000, R20.0005.000, R20.0167.000, R20.0170.000 and R20.0096.000.  Property is located off the State Line Road.

Concern:  How many acres of low-ground does he have on 4 of these parcels?  Mr. St. Martin presented a report he had from Paul Dixon, forester, that had 209 acres of low-ground. Mr. St. Martin also asked the difference between RV (rural vacant) and seasonal designations.  Regarding parcel R20.0167.000,  known as Cloverton Sharpshooters, concerns again expressed about low-ground acreage.  Parcel R20.0167.000 is landlocked.

Assessor’s Response: Mr. Brewster explained that his low-ground assessment was about 24 acres more than Mr. St. Martin’s on the 4 parcels in question.  He offered to add 24 acres of low-ground to parcel R20.0005.000.  He explained that a designation of “seasonal” means that there had been some improvement on the property (cabin, mobile home, e.g.) as opposed to a totally vacant property.  On 3 other parcels, Mr. Brewster was different in 47 more acres of low-ground. He offered to add 5 acres of low-ground to R20.0167.000 and add 40 acres of low-ground to R20.0170.000.  Mr. Stewart said that landlocked property would be designated as “no access” and would reduce the valuation.

When the Board met to make a decision, there was a motion by Dave Baker, and second by Wes Cemenski, to accept all of the recommendations made by Mr. Brewster and Mr. Stewart, as described in the above minutes.  Carried.

Meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk

Also signed by the vice-chair ________________________ Date_____________

 

 

Board of Review, April 11, 2011

Monday, March 28th, 2011

THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR NEW DOSEY TOWNSHIP WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 11, 2011 IN THE TOWN HALL AT 1 P.M. PLEASE BRING YOUR TAX STATEMENT.

MINUTES-BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION- APRIL 12, 2010

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

MINUTES-BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION- APRIL 12, 2010

Meeting called to order at 1p.m. by vice-chair Dave Baker. Also present were Bob Brewster, Township Assessor, Larry Veldhouse, Pine County Assessor, Pine County Assessor, Supervisor Don Mishler and Clerk Fran Levings.

(1) Brian Mishler was the first property owner to speak to the Board. Parcel number R20.0153.002- Property on Hay Creek Road and Squib Creek Road. He questioned the valuation by saying that ½ of his land is swamp. His 40 acres are split into two parts that are not contiguous. Larry Veldhouse examined the statement and said that it already has Mr. Mishler’s property as one parcel. Bob Brewster recommended authorizing Mr. Mishler’s land as ½ swamp (low-ground)

(2) Marlene Mishler represented Pamela and Brandon Mau before the Board. Parcel # R20.0153.00. Bob Brewster said the valuation has already been dropped f rom$39,500 to $30,000. The Fire # on the statement is on by error and should be dropped as Pamela Rau does not have a fire number on her property.

(3) Dennis Welsh expressed concern about Parcel # R20.0463.00. This is a 2-acre parcel that is actually a road. Bob Brewster recommended designating 1 acre of this parcel as pasture and 1 acre of it as road. This would make the total value $1350.00 as opposed to $7900.00. Mr. Welsh also had concerns about Parcel # R20.416.00 claiming it was almost all swamp. Bob Brewster said he would change the designation to 10 acres of high ground and 30 acres of low ground. Mr. Welsh also questioned the school district levy. Larry Veldhouse explained that the levy was passed 2 days prior to the new policy that seasonal residents would not have to pay any school taxes.

(4) Letter from Clyde Stephens, Jr. regarding Parcel # R20.0508.00 on the Rash Road. He owns 2 acres and claims is only has a primitive hunting shack and is not worth between $4 and $5 thousand dollars. He never plans to sell the land, it will stay in their family. Mr. Brewster and Mr. Veldhouse the valuation is less than a DNR lease and recommended leaving the valuation as it is.

Motion by Dave Baker, second by Don Mishler, to accept the following recommendations made by Mr. Brewster and Mr. Veldhouse:

(1) Change Brian Mishler’s statement to ½ low and high ground each.

(2) No problem with Marlene Mishler’s statement. She had the wrong sheet with her.

(3) Change the 2-acre road of Mr. Welsh to 1 acre pasture and 1 acre road.

(4) Leave Mr. Stephen’s valuation as it is.

Carried.

Meeting adjourned at 2:54 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Levings, Clerk

Also signed by the vice-chair___________________

Date signed