Editorial: Talk about the budget, not valuesIf you enjoy blank stares and being answered with a piece of paper put into your lap, by all means come to the budget meeting Tuesday night and ask the Lake County board about the appraisal on your property.
If you enjoy blank stares and being answered with a piece of paper put into your lap, by all means come to the budget meeting Tuesday night and ask the Lake County board about the appraisal on your property.
It’s not the time or place for that, as our front page story makes clear today.
The budget meeting is for asking about county operations. It’s about wondering about the cost of certain programs. About cuts made here or there.
With a 0.00% levy increase this year, you’d have to assume the county did a good job of keeping within its current budget parameters. With so much cutting going on the past few years and the heart of the recession hitting in the last 12 months, it’s refreshing to see some positives when it comes to the public tax dollar.
Not that you shouldn’t remain vigilant. Or even that you should stifle that property valuation statement.
The assessor’s office is more than happy to listen to your plight, explain the rules, and maybe even pay your place a visit.
What you’ll find out is that the office is working according to state law, which requires it to follow all the rules and regulations set by the legislature.
Yes, that can mean red-tape confusion. This is how one statute reads regarding iron ore found on property:
“Unmined iron ore included in class 5, paragraph (b), must be assessed with and as a part of the real estate in which it is located, but its net tax capacity would be as established in section 273.13, subdivision 31. The real estate in which iron ore is located, other than the ore, must be classified and assessed in accordance with the provisions of the appropriate classes. In assessing any tract or lot of real estate in which iron ore is known to exist, the assessable net tax capacity of the ore exclusive of the land in which it is located, and the assessable net tax capacity of the land exclusive of the ore must be determined and set down separately and the aggregate of the two must be assessed against the tract or lot.”
We feel the blank stare you’ve formed from reading that small piece of the code. Imagine what the assessor feels like. Take it from them: They’re all about clarification.