Board of Appeal and Equalization Minutes of April 23, 2019

April 23, 2019
APRIL 23, 2019


Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Board of Appeal and Equalization of the City of Saint Peter was conducted in the Governors’ Room of the Community Center on April 23, 2019.

A quorum present, Mayor Zieman called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  The following members were present: Councilmembers Johnson, Kvamme, Pfeifer, Parras, Carlin, Grams and Mayor Zieman.  County officials present were:  Nicollet County Assessor Lorna Sandvik and Appraiser Michelle Wills.

Mayor Zieman and Councilmember Grams have completed the training for Board of Appeal and Equalization members.

Sandvik described the increases that were applied in various residential neighborhoods in Saint Peter as well as apartments and commercial and industrial property.  Sandvik indicated State Statute requires the County’s valuations to be within 90%-105% of the sales that occurred in the community between the periods October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018; and because the valuations were below that range, the County was required to increase valuations to reach the threshold with certain residential increases between 4% and 5.56% for Apply Tree townhomes and up to 13.64% for other townhomes spread across the community.   Sandvik also indicated that land values for apartment buildings were increased on a parcel by parcel basis putting the final median ratio for apartments at 108.15% while commercial properties, which had a median ratio of 76.88%, had square foot land values increased approximately 10% along with other increases to structures to put the final median ratio at 88.35%.

Mayor Zieman informed the audience that the Council would hear all the appeals and make a decision on each appeal at the end of the meeting.

Tom and Marcia Applen, 1423 Winona Street, addressed the Board to appeal the 4% increase applied to their property which was now valued at $330,300 versus $317,600 the prior year.  Mr. Applen questioned how the number was arrived at and Ms. Sandvik reviewed the process used to determine the valuation.  Mayor Zieman noted there were always limited numbers of sales in the price range of the Applen home and asked if the Applen’s had ever had an appraisal done on their home.  Mr. and Mrs. Applen admitted an appraisal had been done a year ago putting the property value at approximately $330,000.

Gregory Euclid and Jennifer Andrasko, 1930 West Traverse Road, addressed the Board to appeal the valuation of a .419 acre parcel of their property which had seen an increase in value from $1,000 to $15,100.  Assessor Sandvik explained that the small parcel, which was valued together with the other much larger parcel owned by the couple, was in the City of Saint Peter while the bigger parcel was in Oshawa Township and that the Assessor’s Office had taken action across the County to correct these small “side yard” parcels which had not been assessed correctly in the past.  Mr. Euclid stated the value went up almost 1,000% after he had purchased the property and asked if the was consistent with the way those small parcels were assessed.

At the conclusion of the appeals, the Board made the following decisions:

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Johnson, to make no change to the Tom and Marcia Applen property valuation of $330,300.  With Councilmembers Grams, Pfeifer, Kvamme, Carlin, Johnson and Mayor Zieman voting aye; Councilmember Parras voting nay, the motion carried.

  • A motion was made by Parras, seconded by Kvamme to make no change to the Euclid/Andrasko property valuation of $15,100.  With all in favor, the motion carried.

There being no further appeals presented, a motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Parras, to adjourn.  With all in favor the meeting was adjourned at 6:42 p.m.