City Council Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting Minutes April 7, 2015

Date: 
April 7, 2015

 MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION MEETING

APRIL 7, 2015

 

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Board of Appeal and Equalization of the City of Saint Peter was conducted in the Commissioners’ Room of the Nicollet County Government Center on April 7, 2015.

A quorum present, Mayor Strand called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.  The following members were present: Mayor Strand and Councilmembers Kvamme, Parras, Carlin, and Grams.   Absent were Councilmembers Zieman and Brand.  County officials present were:  Nicollet County Assessor Doreen Pehrson and Appraisers Vicky Hagen and Mark Carlson.

County Assessor Pehrson reviewed the process for the Board of Appeal and Equalization and indicated there were scheduled appeals as well as recommendations from her office for reductions to be considered.

Joel and Heidi Rimstad, 422 North Fourth Street, appeared to appeal the valuation of $231,500 on their property based on a realtor’s recommendation to list the property for $178,900.  Mr. Rimstad stated they had purchased the property in 2006 for $190,000 and asked if there was something the Board could do to lessen the valuation.  Assessor Pehrson indicated there were no comparable properties within the City on which to base a valuation and the valuation had been determined based on square footage, quality of construction and age of the structure.  When asked what they felt would be a fair valuation on the property owner, Mr. Rimstad stated he wasn’t qualified to make a decision, but felt the property was worth less than they originally paid based on the condition of the home and the needed repairs.

Greg and Denise Engels appeared before the Board to appeal the valuation of property at 1440-1442 North Fifth Street which was valued by Nicollet County at $211,000.  Mr.Engels indicated the duplex had been for sale at various price points for approximately two years and the only offer made on the property was $130,000.  Engels reported they would accept $175,000 for the property if offered and they were in the process of turning the property into separate homes.  Mrs. Engels reported she had been unable to find any comparable properties in Saint Peter, but presented properties she felt were comparable in St. Cloud and Long Prairie which were either for sale or had recently sold for substantially less.  Mr. Engels indicated that if the property were separated into two homes, they felt they could sell each side for more than the whole.

Patricia K. Cluka, 703 North Fifth Street, appeared to appeal the valuation of $159,400 on the property she purchased in October, 2014 for $145,000.  Ms. Cluka indicated the property had been on the market for a very long time and indicated her belief that if the property was worth the County’s valuation amount, it would have sold for that.  Assessor Pehrson indicated that conversion type homes (single family where a portion has been converted to rental units), don’t sell as well which limits the amount of buyers for the property.

Assessor Pehrson then presented recommendations from her office for further reductions to properties as follows:

  • Lawrence and Angela Potts, 2001 Bunker Lane, valuation of $212,700.  Pehrson indicated the property owner had not allowed visual inspection of the interior of the property and the value had been set based on estimates of the property being in good condition.  After receiving the valuation notice, the property owner allowed County staff into the property and based on that information, and finding unpermitted work in the basement of the home, the recommendation was to change the valuation to $190,700.  A motion was made by Parras, seconded by Grams to accept the Assessor’s recommendation and lower the valuation to $190,700.  With all in favor, the motion carried.
  • Pell, Inc., 413 West Park Row, valuation of $146,700.  Pehrson stated the property had not been viewed by her office and was viewed only after purchase by Pell, Inc.  Pehrson recommended reducing the valuation to $122,400 based on the condition of the property.  A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Carlin to accept the recommendation for reduction to $122,400.  With all in favor, the motion carried.
  • MSLH Real Estate MNGMT LLC, 206 West Walnut Street, valuation of $241,500.  Pehrson stated all commercial/industrial property in the County had been revalued in 2014, but after meeting with the property owner, she was recommending several small adjustments resulting in a reduction to $234,100.  A motion was made by Parras, seconded by Carlin to accept the recommendation for reduction in valuation to $234,100.  With all in favor, the motion carried.
  • David F. Detlefsen, 105 South Third Street, valuation of $246,000.  Pehrson indicated that after meeting with the property owner she was recommending several small adjustments to reduce the value to $227,800.  A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Kvamme, to accept the recommendation.  With all in favor, the motion carried.
  • Jon D. Thompson, 517 South Front Street, valuation of $68,100.  Pehrson reported the property has now been viewed in person by her staff and a recommendation was being made to reduce the value to $46,800.  A motion was made by Parras, seconded by Grams to accept the recommendation.  With all in favor, the motion carried.

The Board took the following actions concerning the scheduled appeals:

  • Joel and Heidi Rimstad, 422 North Fourth Street – A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Carlin to reduce the valuation to $214,100.  With Councilmembers Kvamme and Carlin and Mayor Strand voting aye; Councilmembers Grams and Parras voting nay, the motion carried.
  • Greg and Denise Engels, 1440-1442 North Fifth Street – A motion was made by Parras, seconded by Grams to reduce the valuation to $196,700.  With all in favor, the motion carried.
  • Patricia K. Cluka, 703 North Fifth Street – A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Grams, to reduce the valuation to $153,400.  With all in favor, the motion carried.

County Assessor Pehrson provided the Board with information on a change in training for Board members.  Pehrson indicated that beginning July 1, 2015, the training would be completed online and Board members would be responsible for ensuring they completed the training in time to ensure that at least one member of the Board was trained for each meeting.

There being no further appeals presented, a motion was made by Grams, seconded by Carlin to adjourn.  With all in favor the meeting was adjourned at 7:22 p.m.