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<br />INVESTIGATION OF ABATEMENT APPLICATION <br /> <br />ABATEMENT NO. 5252 and 5254 <br /> <br />Following is a report on the investigation of the abatement application of: B& H Investments <br /> <br />Cass County Board of Commissioners and State Tax Commissioner: <br /> <br />The applicant (Phil Buhr) is asking that the valuation on Lots 1& 3 BK 1 Dakota Plaza Addition, <br />Stanley Twp be reduced from $27,800 and $25,000 to $15,000 each for the year 2003. The <br />applicant states that the valuation is excessive compared to surrounding lots. The applicant has <br />also submitted a notice of increase in assessment from the local assessor for Lot 3 listing the <br />valuation at $15,000. The notice of increase in assessment for Lot 1 listed the valuation at <br />$27,800, but was placed on the assessment roll at $25,000. <br /> <br />The Stanley Twp Board recommended denial of the abatement applications. <br /> <br />The lots in question are vacant, commercial lots located on the south side of 52nd Ave S, about 1 <br />mile west ofl-29. I reviewed the valuation of vacant lots in Austin's Sub (Dakota Plaza <br />Addition was subdivided from Lot 1 Austin's). Lots 3, 6, 7, & 8 are vacant lots similar to the <br />subject and all are valued at $15,000 (see attached map). I'm not sure of the intent of the <br />assessor concerning the notices of increase that were sent, but it would appear that the valuation <br />of $25,000 each for the two vacant lots in Dakota Plaza Addition is excessive when compared to <br />these other assessments. <br /> <br />SUGGESTED MOTION: "I move that Abatement No's 4252 and 4254 be lowered to <br />$15,000, as recommended by the Director of Equalization. <br /> <br />Dated June 16,2004. <br /> <br />i:.J J(~ <br /> <br />Frank Klein <br />Director of Tax Equalization <br /> <br />j :\tax\wp\abate <br />