Minutes of The City Council

Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting Minutes

City of Porter

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 6:30 p.m.


Mayor Donald Verschelde called the 2011 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, and Pat Vlaminck.


Also present were Connie Erickson, Yellow Medicine County Auditor / Treasurer, Dave Parsons, assessor for the City of Porter, Lance and Deanna Moeller, Ken and Linda Hennen, Dan Dybsetter, and Dan Verschelde.


Ken and Linda Hennen asked about the rapid escalation of propery tax rates of their rental property on Sunrise Ave.  The house is rented by Deanna Moeller and used to provide home-based day care.


Connie Erickson and Dave Parsons explained that the valuation increase had two parts.  State law requires them to classify it as a commercial property, which puts it in a higher tax class.  Dave Parsons explained that the valuation was also increased as a new, more accurate assessment procedure has been implemented over the past several years.


Dan Verschelde asked about a large increase in the valuation of a rental property on South Brook Avenue.  It was explained that the valuation was finally catching up with the renovation that had been completed for several years.


Eric Dybsetter asked how new construction is assessed.  Connie and Dave explained that categories are used to make county-wide adjusted comparisons.


A motion was made by Pat Vlaminck, seconded by Kim Jelen, 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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