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Spring Valley Council Report: Taxpayers raise questions at board of review

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - There's an old saying that you should take it to city hall, and that was the case at the last city council meeting in Spring Valley.

The council held their board of review meeting where property owners in the city can appeal the valuation of their property to the board. Cindy Blagsvedt of the Fillmore County Assessor's office conducted the meeting and fielded questions from the public.

Three taxpayers appeared before the board, two of them protesting the increase in their valuations. John Kuehn had recently purchased property in the downtown area. He had called the assessor's office when he got his tax statement. It had been set at $80,000 and he had only recently purchased it for $30,000. Blagsvedt said she had lowered the valuation from $80,000 to $60,000 based on surrounding properties, but she could not go any lower than that. Kuehn requested setting it at $30,000. After considerable debate, the board reduced the valuation of the property to $50,000 and everyone appeared to be in agreement.

Another citizen, Pauline Barth brought her tax statement forward and asked for an explanation of why her valuation went from $88,000 last year to $100,000 this year. Based on surrounding properties, the board of review reduced her valuation to $93,000.

Mick Rathbun appeared before the board and inquired if the school referendum was included on his statement and Blagsvedt confirmed that it was. He left without further discussion.

The final action on the property valuations will go before the Fillmore Bounty Board of Review which will be held June 12.

In other action, the city council approved the purchase of new lighting for the fire hall from Seabright Electric. The cost of the new lights in the conference room and the hallway will be $2,239.42.

The waste water treatment received an award from the MPCA. The commendation was in recognition for the efforts made by the city in preserving the state's waters. It was presented to the council by Dave Gartner of People's Services.

Also reported to the council was that the fire department recently interviewed 6 candidates for positions on the department.

The spring season brings an appeal from the city to get yards and junk vehicles cleaned up. This year, as in the past, city officials will be looking at property that needs cleaning up. Last night over 100 citations were mailed to property owners. The date of the inspection has not been set yet, but will follow a city wide cleanup day.

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