MINUTES: BOARD OF REVIEW
APRIL 14, 2014
The regular meeting of the Board of Review was called to order at 5:15 p.m. this 14th day of April, 2014, by Mayor Pro Tem Miller in the Council Chambers of the Morris Senior Citizens/Community Center.
Present were Council members Wohlers, Solvie, Storck and Mayor Pro Tem Miller. Mayor Giese was absent. Also present was City Manager Hill, County Assessor Thorstad, City Assessor Gieselman and Deputy Assessor Michaelson.
County Assessor Thorstad stated there were not many changes and sales stayed close to last years.
Gieselman stated there were 39 residential sales, which is a few less than last year. It was up to 65 a few years back. There were only 2 commercial sales. Gieselman indicated the market was fairly level, with the inner (older) part of the city seeing the most changes. Newer or higher valued homes didn't see any change.
Miller asked if the improvement projects increased the value of homes. Thorstad explained that in her experience the improvement assessments usually end up being a negotiable item during the sale of a property.
Gieselman noted one big difference for the year was the number of permits issued from the city due to the hailstorms.
Gieselman stated three people had questions and one of them was because their house had fire damage and the value was already down. Thorstad noted there was a shed in the back and still a lot there so just because their house burned the value doesn't go down to zero.
Storck asked about the school property. Thorstad stated once it is sold it will go on the tax rolls.
City Manager Hill indicated the city has two assessment appeals running through the court system right now so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Thorstad explained those values doesn't show up on the tax base because it's normally negotiated in the price of the house. It makes a difference in the value but you can't quantify it.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, Mayor Pro Tem Miller adjourned the meeting at 5:30 p.m.