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Meeting Minutes for April 11, 2006

MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

BOARD OF REVIEW

APRIL 11, 2006

Mayor Skalko called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. with the following members present: Joe Prebeg, Jr., Dale Irish, Ed Roskoski, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Absent member included: Allen Nelson. Also present were: Jill M. Forseen, Municipal Services Secretary; Cindy Okstad, Commercial Appraiser for Saint Louis County; and John Jokinen, Residential Appraiser for Saint Louis County.

Alan Stanaway, 5152 Spirit Lake Road, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0071-02550, said that he had no questions or complaints about the taxes, but he was interested in finding out how the market value was calculated. His valuation for 2006 was $174,100. Mr. Jokinen reviewed the assessment standards and also advised him of the sales in the area. Mr. Stanaway�s questions were answered and no further action was taken.

Ron Kutsi, Old Highway 169, Kinross, Parcel Codes 175-0071-01980 and 175-0071-01985, questioned why the land value was so high because of the parcel sizes. He stated that he owns parcel 01985, which only has 0.66 acres with a valuation of $1,100 and parcel 01980 is owned by several relatives and listed as undivided interest with acreage at 3.96 acres and a valuation of $10,800.

It was moved by Roskoski and seconded by Skalko to change the land value on Parcel 175-0071-01980 to $6,300 and no change to Parcel 175-0071-01985. The motion carried.

Wayne Pohia, 8754 Unity Drive, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0070-01487, a letter was received and he questioned his valuation at $242,700 stating that he could not find any residential valuation higher than his in Mountain Iron.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to have Parcel 175-0070-01487 re-evaluated by the County Assessor and have the Assessor speak directly with Mr. Pohia and make a recommendation to the Board. The motion carried.

Susan Berglund, 8749 Mud Lake Road, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0070-01510, a letter was received and she questioned the valuation listed at $169,500 being too high.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to direct the County Assessor to phone Ms. Berglund regarding the valuation of Parcel 175-0070-01510 and explain how the valuation is calculated. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to make no change to the valuation on Susan Berglund�s property on Parcel Code 175-0070-01510. The motion carried.

Harold and Joan McGregor, 4860 Butler Road, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0071-05023 and 175-0071-05025, a letter was received and they requested that their valuation be placed at $151,200 for parcel 05023.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Roskoski to have parcel 175-0071-05023 and 175-0071-05025 re-evaluated by the St. Louis County Assessor and request that the Assessor to review the interior of the house and speak directly with Mr. McGregor. The motion carried.

Charles Bianchi, Mud Lake Road, Mountain Iron, Parcel Code 175-0071-01640, questioned the increase in the market value of his property.

It was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to direct the Saint Louis County Assessor to notify Mr. Bianchi, by letter, regarding Parcel Code 175-0071-01640 and make no change to the valuation. The motion carried.

At 7:30 p.m., it was moved by Skalko and supported by Prebeg to recess the Board of Review meeting until Monday, April 17, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. The motion carried.

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