Minutes of The City Council

Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting Minutes

City of Porter

Monday, April 6, 2009, 6:30 p.m.


Mayor Donald Verschelde called the 2009 meeting of the local board of appeal and equalization for the City of Porter to order.


Council members present were Eric Dybsetter, Kim Jelen, Darlene Moeller, Donald Verschelde, Judy Verschelde, and Pat Vlaminck.


Also present were Connie Erickson, Yellow Medicine County Auditor / Treasurer, Dave Parsons, assessor for the City of Porter, Pauline Benson, Nancy Bormann, and Ken Hennen.


Connie Erickson gave an overview of valuation of property in Porter.


Pauline Benson asked about large increases in the valuation of bare lots.  Connie Erickson explained that 3 recent sales of lots indicate that the market value of lots was much higher than previously assessed.  As a result, the recent valuations were increased from about $0.07 per square foot in 2006 to about $0.20 per square foot in 2008.


Nancy Bormann questioned the valuation of the apartment building.  Connie Erickson explained that the valuation was based on rental rates and vacancy rates reported to the county previously.


Ken Hennen questioned the solid waste fee imposed on his lot with a Quonset hut but no water or sewer.  Connie Erickson explained that the fee is to fund county wide recycling and hazardous materials disposal, and is assess to all property.


After discussion, the board decided to not adjust any valuations.


A motion was made by Kim Jelen, seconded by Darlene Moeller, to adjourn the meeting.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried. 



Eric D. Dybsetter, Clerk

City of Porter

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