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Spring Valley residents discuss property taxes

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

What's my property worth? The Board of Appeals and Equalization is an annual event in City and County Government to give property owners an opportunity to ask questions concerning their tax statements. At the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday, Aprl 14, County Assessor Cindy Blagsvedt was on hand to reply to a small group of citizens.

The questions mainly centered on increases in Property Valuation and how these levels are reached and explained. Blagsvedt told the audience that property valuations are based on a median of all sales in Spring Valley City. These numbers are adjusted each year in reflection of these sales. The numbers currently being examined are on sales from October 2006 to September 2007. Questions came up regarding the sagging home sales not only in Spring Valley but all over. The Assessor said that next year they will be looking at sales of property that perhaps is lower than the estimated market value and these figures may need to be adjusted lower. However, she cautioned that just because your market value might be lowered, your taxes will, in all probability remain the same to meet expenses in the budgets.

One piece of property was lowered, that being property owned by Terry Fetterly in the old Legion building. A recent appraisal by Fetterly placed the market value at $55,000.00 and the City had it listed at $90,000. The Council agreed that the level was excessive and lowered it back to $55,000.00. Others were referred to the County Board of Appeals and Equalization in May.

Scout Troop Proves

Recycling Pays

A member of the Green Team of Waste Management presented a check to Boy Scout Troop 55 of Spring Valley. The Scouts were honored for their work in collecting and recycling aluminum. Members were able to collect 620 pounds of aluminum which made a nice check of $465.00. A spokesman for the group, Tony Betts said that "this will allow our Scout Troop to get back into the black". He said it will help preserve the Boy Scout Troop and enable them to take more trips and assist at events. The Mayor congratulated everyone and said the City is proud of these young men.

Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Council approved a Resolution Supporting the County Hazard Mitigation Plan for the City. Fillmore County is currently developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan that will satisfy the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and other regulations. The plan will identify, analyze and prioritize significant hazards in the county. The plan will also outline strategies to effectively lessen the impacts of hazards. The action will enable local units of government to receive funding for hazard mitigation projects if they so desire.

EAW Study

The Council has requested a proposal for Engineering Services from Yaggy Colby to do an EAW; Environmental Assessment Workshop on the Kasten Farm Project. The study will deal mainly with potential wetland areas, delineating existing wetlands on site and coordinate approval of the wetland delineation with proper agencies. The cost for the EAW portion will not exceed $5,000.00. The wetland delineation portion was not approved and that is estimated to be $2,500.

One last piece of business was a request from Ambulance Director Jim Cooper that their current charge for Clucagon 1mg injections is $110.00 and the current cost to the service is $112.90. The Council agreed that the charge per injection be raised to $120.00

Some dates and meetings to keep in mind. The pool meeting is May 12th at 6pm and the City Wide Clean-up will be held May 31st from 8am to noon at the Waste Management site.

Peterson retires

A big "Thank You" went out to Wes Peterson as he retired from the Ambulance Service after serving 23 years. His dedication in serving others will be appreciated.

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