April 23, 2003: Board of A&E Minutes
The Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting of the Town of Crane Lake was held on Wednesday, April 23, 2003. Chairman Ruth L. Carlson called the meeting to order at 3:00PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those in attendance, which included: Supervisors Ruth L. Carlson, Mark Anderson and Terrie Hoff, Treasurer Jacque Eggen, Clerk Jo Ann Pohlman, St. Louis County Assessors Dan Christensen and Dave Sippola, a reporter from the Voyageur Sentinel and members of the community.
Chairman Ruth explained to everyone present that the purpose of the meeting was for property owners to appeal their valuations and classifications of property, not their taxes. She further explained that six properties had sold recently in the area, which were above the previous assessment values. The State mandates that a new assessment must be made by the Assessors when this occurs, thus increasing area valuations by 40%.
Chairman Ruth than introduced Assessors Dan Christensen and Dave Sippola and Real Estate Broker Arthur (Butch Eggen).
Those sending letters and faxes for consideration were listed prior to addressing issues of people present.
Douglas Marshall, owner of Parcel Code #308-0060-00140 was concerned about the 40% increase in Estimated Market Value. Assessor Dave Sippola satisfied his question. Mr. Marshall asked if the formation of the Township affected taxes. Ruth explained that it did not. Mr. Marshall withdrew his appeal.
Bradley Blazevic, owner of Parcel Code #308-0080-00180 did not feel that his property was comparable to those properties recently sold that were used to reach the new evaluation; therefore, his Estimated Market Value should be lowered. Mr. Sippola stated that his property was accurately assessed prior to the change in valuations; and his increased valuation was based on those prior assessments and was in line with the other assessments of the area. A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth not to change the valuation, leaving the valuation at $129,300. Motion carried.
Michael Seigley, owner of Parcel Code #308-0150-00200 would like to re-establish his homestead classification. He had spoken to the County and they advised him to bring his request to the Town Board to decide on his principal place of residence. A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to change his classification to homestead. Motion carried.
Jay Pohlman, owner of Parcel Code #308-30-3355 and representative for Gloria Pohlman, owner of Parcel Code #308-30-3350 did not feel that the two properties were valued correctly when compared to each other. Dave Sippola reviewed the property valuations with Jay. It was determined that there was not a sauna in Mr. Pohlman’s home and he should not be assessed for it. A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to reduce Jay Pohlman’s Estimated Market Value by $7,000, changing the valuation to $241,900. Motion carried. There was no change in the valuation of Gloria Pohlman’s property.
Paul Hamblin, owner of Parcel Code #308-80-00120 said that he would discuss his issues with the assessor at another time.
David Beckman, owner of Parcel Code #308-150-00270 is currently having his property appraised and asked if his Estimated Market Value could be adjusted if the appraisal was lower. It was recommended that he appeal to the County after the appraisal is completed. A motion was made by Mark, supported by Terrie that the valuation remain the same at $194,900. Motion carried.
Michael Lang, owner of Parcel Codes #308-0240-00030 and #308-1240-00030 requested a classification change from Seasonal to Residential. A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Mark to change Mr. Lang’s classification as requested. Motion carried.
Paul Brinkman, owner of Parcel Codes #308-0150-00150, #308-0070-00155, and #308-0150-00250 appealed the proposed increases to both the Estimated and Taxable Market Values of their parcels. A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Mark that the valuations remain the same at $1,500; $17,900; and $154,400 respectively. Motion carried.
John Pace, owner of Parcel Code #308-0060-00270 requested a classification change to Homestead. Mr. Sippola informed the Board that Mr. Pace could change his classification after he actually moves to Crane Lake this spring. A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth that the classification of Mr. Pace’s property remain the same. Motion carried.
Richard Harvey, owner of Parcel Code 308-0030-01845 disagreed with the Estimated Market Valuation of his property. A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Mark that the property valuation remain the same at $295,500. Terri & Mark voted yes, Ruth abstained. Motion carried.
Fred Huting, owner of Parcel Code #308-0030-01579 disagreed with the Estimated Market Valuation of his property. He spoke with Dave Sippola and now understands why there was a change. A motion was made by Terrie, supported by Ruth that the property valuation remain the same at $86,600. Motion carried.
Gerald Cornell, Parcel Code #308-0000-096690 disagreed with the Estimated Market Valuation of his property. He spoke with Dave Sippola and now understands why there was a change in all property valuations. A motion was made by Mark, supported by Terrie that the property valuation remain the same at $139,600. Motion carried.
Robert Congdon, Parcel Code #308-0000-00240 questioned the valuation of his mobile home and does not feel he is responsible for valuation on the garage, which is on leased property. He has spoken to Dave Sippola who feels the valuations are fair. The property owners must talk to Mr. Sippola to change the status of the garage valuation responsibility. A motion was made by Mark, supported by Terrie that the property valuation remain the same at $32,700. Motion carried.
Gerald Esget, owner of Parcel Code #308-0050-00015 requested a correction in Estimated Marked Value as there was a data entry error made in 2001. A motion was made by Ruth, supported by Terrie to adjust the computer error as recommended by Mr. Sippola to a total value of $174,200. Motion carried.
There being no other requests from Crane Lake residents regarding property valuations, the Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting was adjourned at 5:30PM.
Jo Ann Pohlman, Clerk Ruth Carlson, Chairman