Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

April 6, 2005 Special Council Meeting Minutes







Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 7:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Bauer, Councilmembers Dave Benson, Doug Borgschatz, Willard Eberhart, Betty Jo Grothe.  Others present:  Goodhue County Assessor Brad Johnson, Goodhue County Appraiser Peggy Trebil, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Tom Webster, Dave Starr and Stan Stensland.



Mayor Bauer explained the purpose of the Board of Appeals is to look at assessment values on city properties which will be used for taxes payable 2006.  He introduced Brad Johnson and Peggy Trebil.


Brad Johnson explained the assessment process.  Their goal is to have their appraisals be at full market value.  State Statute mandates that they be at least 90% (but no more than 105%) assessed value to sales amounts for a district or the State will order changes.  Increases for this year were at a 6.5% inflation rate; last year it was 12%.  Johnson discussed valuations with the following residents:


Tom Webster- Three parcels 72.460.0040, 72.460.0050 and 72.120.4440.  Values on the first two stayed the same, $7,400 and $43,500, respectively.  Third parcel increased from $144,300 to $173,700.  Looked at land breakout.  Quarry has ceased operations.  Tillable rate went up.  Assessor will send out a questionnaire – with length of ownership, Webster may qualify for the “Green Acre” program, which allows for deferment of some value.


Dave Starr- Questioned the classification of parcel 72.740.1290, an 11 acre parcel adjacent to his homesteaded parcel.  It was reclassified from agriculture to residential.  He has about 5.5 acres of it in CRP and about 5 acres in hay.  Occasionally, he has 4 horses there.  It was rezoned – to agriculture – when he bought it 9 years ago.  He feels it should also be taxed that way.  Johnson explained that even though it is classified residential, it is not valued as a buildable lot.  As it doesn’t provide any considerable income, it doesn’t qualify as agricultural.  Starr still felt it should be called as it is used.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to reclassify the property as agriculture for tax purposes.  Carried 5-0-0.


Stan Stensland- Parcel 72.260.0040 increased from $134,000 to $146,000.  He bought the property a year ago for $134,500 and added a second garage/shop.  New construction added $12,000 to the value.  He felt this was too high.  The structure is 18x22 feet, insulated and heated.  Materials came to around $7,500.  Self-labor costs were the issue.  Council felt the total of $12,000 was fair.  No action taken.


The following property owner, not in attendance, expressed concern, and would be entered as an appeal:

Merrill Overend-  Owns a mobilehome at Lot #56, Ponderosa Trailer Court.  It is a 2001, 14x70 foot home, listed for sale at $22,000.  Taxable value is $31,400.  The assessors were unable to find the homeowners in to view the inside of the home.  They will try again.

Motion Bauer, second Eberhart to direct assessors to view the property and make their recommendation to the County.  Property owner may appeal at the county level.  Carried 5-0-0.


Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m.



                                                                                    Richard Bauer, Mayor

City of Zumbrota; 175 West Avenue; Zumbrota, MN 55992