Equalization boards to hear first assessment challenges this weekThere will be two equalization meetings Tuesday for Davison County property owners to protest their 2012 property tax valuations.
By: Staff reports, The Daily Republic
Davison County Auditor Susan Kiepke said there will be two equalization meetings Tuesday for Davison County property owners to protest their 2012 property tax valuations.
The new consolidated equalization board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell to hear challenges from property owners in the city of Mitchell and Mitchell Township.
Earlier that same day the county equalization board will meet at 9:30 a.m., during the county commission’s regularly weekly meeting at the courthouse. It will handle assessment challenges from county residents who live outside Mitchell and Mitchell Township.
Equalization Director Kathy Goetsch said about 31 protests have been filed with her office this year, which is less than half the number filed in 2011 following a major reappraisal of business property within the city of Mitchell.
The consolidated board is an attempt to streamline the appeals process. In the past Mitchell residents who challenged tax assessments had to appeal to either a city or township equalization board as well as the county board.
“But there are still 11 townships who have not signed onto the consolidated board,” Kiepke said. It’s likely that will change with time, she said, as township residents embrace the convenience of dealing with a single board.
Tuesday’s agenda also includes:
• 9 a.m. Call to order, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input.
• 9:30 a.m. County Board of Equalization.
• 10:45 a.m. Mark Puetz, of Puetz Construction, regarding the signing of a preliminary agreement for interior design work at the Central Electric complex on North Main Street.
• 11 a.m. 4-H Adviser Alice Nickelson, with an update on the promotion and expansion committee, the Davison County Fair Board and the county’s memorandum of understanding with the South Dakota State University Extension service.
• 11:15 a.m. Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg regarding an unspecified right-of-way issue.
• 11:30 a.m. Miscellaneous items and approval of bills for payment.
• 6:30 p.m. Consolidated Board of Equalization.
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