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2007 Board of Review
Monday, August 6 2007
TIME: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Town Hall


AGENDA

NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Town of Taycheedah shall hold its first working meeting on Monday, August 6th, 2007, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Taycheedah Town Hall.

Please be advised of the following requirements:

No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property.

After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board.

No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard, if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that person must also provide to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board member and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take.

When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objections and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate.

No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method; unless the person supplies to the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Section 73.03(2a), that the Assessor requests. The municipality or county shall provide by ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exemptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Section 19.35(1).

The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone.

Dated the 15th day of June, 2007.

Brenda A. Schneider, Town Clerk


MINUTES

The Town of Taycheedah Board of Review met on Monday, August 6th, 2007, at 6:00 p.m., at the Town Hall. Members present were Jerry Guelig, Mike Wirtz, Tim Simon, John Abler, Jim Bertram and Brenda Schneider. Also present was Assessor Bill Huck.
Town Chairman Jerry Guelig called the Board of Review to order at 6:06 p.m.
Jim Bertram nominated Jerry Guelig as Board of Review Chairman, seconded by John Abler. Nomination carried (6-0).
Jim Bertram and Brenda Schneider met the requirement of Board of Review certification on March 24th, 2006.
Notices of Change in Assessment were mailed June 21st, 2007. Open Book was conducted on July 10th, 2007, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Notices of Open Book Changes were mailed July 11th, 2007..
The 2007 Assessment Roll was received and William Huck signed the Assessor’s Affidavit.

OBJECTIONS:

Case #1:

T20-16-18-99-DE-160-00 N8136 Deadwood Point Road
Land: $218,500 Improvements: $538,200 Total: $756,700

Steven Sager and Assessor William J. Huck, Sr. were sworn in.

Steven Sager’s testimony was as follows:
• The County has denied him a permit to build a small garage on the south 1.5 acres of his lot.
• The 1.5 aces are unusable due to the wetlands. He stores wood and equipment on it.
• He doesn’t object to the assessed value of the improvements; just the assessed value of the south 1.5 acres of his lot.
• The 1.5 acres were purchased separately for $750.00 and combined with the parcel on which his home was built. He bought the 1.5 acres as a buffer.
• The Assessor has told him that the value of the south 1.5 acres is approximately $45,000 of the total land assessment.
• The south 1.5 acres does not have a sewer lateral.
• Mr. Sager presented the following comparables:
o T20-16-18-17-03-001 17.64 acres Land $225,000 Impr. $27,300 Total $252,300
o T20-16-18-19-16-001 9.64 acres Land $45,000 Impr. $0.00 Total $45,000
August 6th, 2007 Board of Review 2.

• Mr. Sager doesn’t believe the square footage of the south 1.5 acres can be used in calculating the 75% green-space requirement.

Assessor William Huck, Sr.’s testimony was as follows:
• Only the total assessment can be disputed; not the south 1.5 acres of the lot.
• The total assessment was reduced $5,000 due to the wetlands issue.
• The south 1.5 acres was attached to the lake lot with the home.
• The original lake lot has approximately 140’ of lake frontage. The south 1.5 acres has approximately 200’ of lake frontage. For a total lake frontage of 340 feet.
• Ron Spies’ parcel (T20-16-18-19-16-003-00) is a vacant 1.27 acre lot immediately south of the 1.5 acres. The Spies lot is landlocked. The assessed value is $29,100.
• Mr. Sager and Mr. Spies jointly own 9.6 acres to the east. The parcel does not have lake frontage. The assessed value is $45,000.
• The Sager home was built in 1999. The assessed value of improvements was increased $15,400 due to improvements made to the home.
• The assessed value of the 1.5 acres may be lower if the lot was separate from the original home lot.


Case #2:

T20-16-18-36-08-002-00 landlocked vacant land
Land: $26,400 Improvements: $0 Total: $26,400

Andrew Seibel, representing himself and others, and Assessor William Huck, Sr. were sworn in.

Mr. Seibel’s testimony was as follows:
• His opinion of the fair market value of the property as of January 1st is $18,000.
• The 11 acres was left to him and his sibling by their parents. The estate was paid $4,400 for the land.
• The 11 acres is landlocked. They do not have an easement or a right-of-way. They attempted to purchase an easement. No one would sell one to them. They basically pay for access.
• The 11 acres is surrounded by land owned by either Jeff Bord, Pat Birschbach or Clarence Kraus.
• Potential sale of the land is restricted to one of the abutting landowners.
• The land is used for hunting. The river runs through it. About 5 acres is usually wet.
• The land was never part of the family farm.
• Louis Birschbach also owns landlocked land abutting the Seibel property.

Assessor William Huck, Sr.’s testimony was as follows:
• The 11 acres is classified as Productive Forestland. The assessment rate of Productive Forestland is twice that of Agricultural Forestland.
• The 11 acres is assessed at $2,400 per acre.
• Louis Birschbach’s 9 acres (T20-16-18-36-08-001-00) is also assessed at $2,400 per acre.


BOARD DELIBERATIONS AND DETERMINATIONS:
Assessor William J. Huck, Sr removed himself from the room.

Case #1-Steven & Mary Sager:

• Owner can not object to a portion of the assessed value of the land.


August 6th, 2007 Board of Review 3.

• Rough calculations of the square footage of hard-surfaces located on the original lot are very close, if not over the 25% limitation imposed by the County. It is believed the south 1.5 acres can be used when calculating the square footage of the parcel.
• Comparables presented were not sufficient.
• The assessment was reduced by $5,000 due to the wetlands issue.

Jim Bertram motioned to sustain the assessment, seconded by John Abler. Roll call vote: Jim Bertram-aye; Tim Simon-aye; Jerome Guelig-aye; Mike Wirtz-aye; John Abler-aye and Brenda Schneider-aye. Motion carried (6-0).

Case #2-Andrew Seibel, ETAL:

• Similar property is assessed at the same rate per acre.
• Ag Forestland assessment vs. Productive Forestland assessment seems unfair.
• The parcel is landlocked.
• The Board questions reducing the assessment when the Birschbach land is assessed at the same rate.

Brenda Schneider motioned to sustain the assessment, seconded by Mike Wirtz. Roll call vote: Jim Bertram-aye; Tim Simon-aye; Jerome Guelig-aye; Mike Wirtz-aye; John Abler-nay and Brenda Schneider-aye. Motion carried (5-1).


Mike Wirtz motioned to adjourn the 2007 Board of Review at 8:07 p.m., seconded by Jim Bertram. Motion carried (6-0).


Attest: ____________________________________
Brenda A. Schneider
Town Clerk







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