The meeting was called to order by Chairman Peterson at 10 am. All Board members were in attendance, along with the Clerk, the Deputy-Clerk, and representatives from the county land services office, Gary Griffin, Sandra Ehrich, Dana Kyle, Sam Bedard, and Steve Hanson. Eight residents were present.
Mr. Griffin started the meeting by reading a report explaining conditions and process relating to the assessment of property during the year. He explained the meeting procedure and the options that can be taken by the Town Board in response to requests by residents.
Peterson opened the meeting for residents to present their questions and requests.
Mike O’Brien asked about his parcel that had boundary correction so now includes more lake frontage, but the parcel is mostly low land. Griffin provided list of recent comparable sales and pointed out that the parcel value is considered in combination with the rest of the point that he owns and benefitted by being valued as excess frontage. The value of the parcel was reduced last year. Motion by Bilek, second by Ommen to make no change to the valuation. Carried unanimously.
Tom DeMers asked about a large increase in value for his lot on Deer Trail. The building & landscaping is not finished yet and there is a steep drop to the lake. Griffin pointed out that the quality of lakeshore is a major factor and showed several comparable sales. Peterson noted the DeMers home is newer and larger than the comparable sales. Motion by Peterson, second by Bilek to make no change to the valuation. Carried unanimously.
Kathe Lemmerman asked about a large increase to an outlot of their property on Rush Lake. The lot has been left natural and is not large enough to build on but has gone from $1100 to $18600 over last few years. Griffin pointed out that the lot is valued as if it were part of the whole property and therefore is already valued as excess frontage. The value applied in past years was very low and the current valuation is more in line with price to purchase similar outlots when sold along with a main lot. Griffin suggested that the lot could be combined with the main lot to simplify the taxes for the property owner. Peterson said the county has made the valuation process much more subjective now. Motion by Peterson, second by Bilek to make no change to the valuation. Carried unanimously.
Scott Mumm asked about the valuation of his lakefront lot on Clamshell Lake. It is one of three lots that was split from one long narrow lot and has a boathouse and a small cabin with no basement. Griffin presented several comparable sales in the area and pointed out that the lot is considered as if it were part of the adjacent lots owned by Mr. Mumm. Motion by Peterson, second by Ommen to defer action to the County Board to resolve the dispute. Carried unanimously.
Jerry Gibbons asked about his lakefront lot on Pig Lake. It is a small lot with difficult access via a narrow undeveloped platted right of way. He is a fractional owner and the lot is only 33’ wide so not large enough to build on. Motion by Peterson, second by Ommen to reduce the valuation by $10,000 to $31,000. Carried unanimously.
Martin Leestma asked for a reduction for his parcel on Big Whitefish Narrows saying his valuation had increased $200,000 over two years and that a lot across the road is similar but sold for much less after being on the market for a long time. Griffin pointed out that the county was valuing on Whitefish at about 96.3% compared to recent sales. Griffin said the Leestma lot has much better elevation than the lot across the road. Other comparable sales with homes indicate higher value. Motion by Peterson, second by Ommen to make no change to the valuation. Carried unanimously.
Thomas Royce asked for a reduction for his property on Ideal Ave. The building was moved to that location and is unfinished. It is only the shell and has a well, but no septic, plumbing or electrical yet. Griffin noted the house was rated at 70% complete but based on the description should maybe more like 20% and suggested a value of $55,000. Motion by Peterson, second by Ommen to reduce the value from $132,200 to $55,000 based on being rated 20% completed. Carried unanimously.
John LaBarre asked for a reduction on his home on Clamshell Lake. It is currently valued at $817, 300 but a realtor had suggested a lower market price. Griffin noted that property values are appreciating in the county, and his department is working to make sure valuations are uniform throughout the area. Bilek pointed out the lot has a steep contour that might affect value, but Griffin said that elevation is typical for many properties in the area. Motion by Peterson, second by Bilek to make no change to the valuation. Carried unanimously.
Ron Ommen asked about the value increase on his property on Lake Ossawinnamakee that has limited use due to bluff setbacks. Griffin noted the increase was all in building value and that compared to sales on Ossi, the value is probably actually a little low. Motion by Peterson, second by Bilek to make no change to the valuation. Carried unanimously.
Ehrich presented information on 5 additional write-in requests to be considered as follows:
- Maday review was postponed. Motion by Peterson, second by Bilek to make no change to the valuation. Carried unanimously.
- Swanson property in Golden Harbor with a new manufactured home. Griffin is ok with setting at $197,300. Motion by Peterson, second by Bilek to set at $197,300 as suggested. Carried unanimously.
- Doerr property in Nine Pines. A cabin was moved from one parcel onto the other but is used only for storage. Motion by Peterson, second by Bilek to set value of one parcel at $278,400 and the other at $116,200. Carried unanimously.
- Weber property in North Shore Pines valued at much higher price than its purchase price last year. Griffin explained that the property is unique in that it has shared access to a large beach and 400 acres of wooded area. Lots in that area have been reevaluated due to a recent court case that ruled that properties like this are valued as if property lines extend to lakeshore. That ruling adds considerable area and frontage to this particular lot in comparison to others in that area. Motion by Bilek, second by Ommen to make no change to the valuation. Carried unanimously.
As there was no further business to transact, the meeting adjourned at 1:35 pm.
Ideal Township Clerk-Treasurer
May 10th, 2019
Important Information Regarding Property Assessments
This may affect your 2020 property tax payments.
The Board of Appeal and Equalization for Ideal Township will meet on Friday April 19, 2019, 10:00 am, at the Ideal Community Center. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor.
If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office (218-824-1010) to discuss your concerns. If you disagree with the valuation or classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local Board of Appeal and Equalization. The board will review your assessments and may make corrections as needed. Generally, you must appeal to the local board before appealing to the county Board of Appeal and Equalization.
Ideal Community Center
35458 Butternut Point Road
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
John Plein, Clerk-Treasurer