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<br />CASSCOUN1Y <br />GOVERNMENT <br />..I.. <br /> <br />Auditor <br /> <br />Michael Montplaisir, CPA <br />701-241-5601 <br /> <br />Treasurer <br /> <br />Charlotte Sandvik <br />701-241-5611 <br /> <br />Director of <br />Equalization <br /> <br />Frank Klein <br />701-241-5616 <br /> <br />Box 2806 <br />211 Ninth Street South <br />Fargo, Norrh Dakota 58103 <br /> <br />Fax 701-241-5728 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />May 23rd, 2008 <br /> <br />RECEIVED <br /> <br />Cass County Board of Equalization <br />211 9th St S <br />Fargo, ND 58103 <br /> <br />MAY 2 3 2008 <br /> <br />CASS COUNTY COMMISSION <br /> <br />Dear Board Members: <br /> <br />The Cass County Board of Equalization is scheduled for Monday, June <br />2nd, starting at 3:30 PM. The board of equalization meets to hear any <br />individual appeals and to equalize property assessments among the various <br />jurisdictions. It's my recommendation to simply hear any individual <br />appeals on June 2nd, recess, and to act on those individual appeals and to <br />equalize other assessments on June 16th . <br /> <br />In North Dakota, the assessments are reviewed annually. The property tax <br />is budget driven, in that budgets determine the total amount of tax to be <br />collected. Assessments determine how much each property will bear in <br />relation to the total tax burden. State statutes require residential and <br />commercial property be valued at market value and that agricultural <br />property be valued at its productivity value, as established by a legislative <br />formula. I've enclosed a copy ofNDCC 57-12 County Board of <br />Equalization for your reference. <br /> <br />For 2008, there is no indicated change in agricultural valuations. The <br />county true and full assessment value is about $570 per acre. We appear to <br />be in compliance with commercial assessments in rural Casso Total <br />residential assessments outside of the two major cities are not in <br />compliance according to the assessment/sales ratio study. It will be <br />necessay to increase residential assessments in numerous townships and <br />cities. I will have recommendations for the June 16th meeting. <br /> <br />I'm also currently reviewing several individual assessment appeals and will <br />have recommendations for the June 18th meeting. <br /> <br />If you have any questions or would like additional information, please <br />contact me at 241-5617. <br /> <br />Sincerely, \ <br /> <br />o;f~ J~ <br /> <br />Frank Klein <br />Cass County Director of Equalization <br /> <br />Enclosures (3pgs) <br />