City takes care of business at meeting

At the May 27 Langdon City Commission meeting the commissioners discussed a handful of items along with having their annual equalization meeting.


Posted on 6/1/14

The City sent out over 200 letters stating resident’s property values had increased over 10 percent. Every property value increased this year, but letters were only sent to those whose were 10 percent higher than last year. This increase was due to the lack of increased assessments over the previous years. The property values have not been increased since 2001, taxable value was going down while the home market was going up, said the City Assessor, Mel Erikson.

The City does the assessment of resident’s properties. The city must stay within the state’s tolerance in order to prevent the state stepping in and placing an across the board percentage increase.  Erikson said, the 2013 home sales indicated that the property values needed to go up in order to stay within state tolerance.

Homes were viewed from the outside along with using building permits. The City Assessor has a formula that is used in order to assess the value of the house; which includes the condition of the house, the age of the house and the grade of the house. In 2013, the city had $3.2 million in property’s taxable value, and in 2014 it went to $3.6 million in property’s taxable value which is a 10.6 percent increase overall.

The assessment value is what is used for tax purposes.

In Other Business:

• The City is continuing to work on the water treatment plan. Kent Ritterman of Moore Engineering, the City’s engineering firm for the project, spoke with the Commissioners on locating air release valves and other maintenance issues. Numbers are starting to be put together to be used in conjunction with Northern Valley Water. Ritterman talked with the State Water Commission, and they will not be able to drill test wells this summer. The City and Northern Valley Water will look at other options.

• Letters will be sent to several homeowners regarding the conditions of their property or land along with vehicle owners.

• The City approved two firework permits.

• The Commissioners will continue to look at the Lombardi commercial property located by H.E. Everson’s building. Kevin Stein spoke on the Lombardi’s behalf, and the Commissioners will look at what can be done regarding the situation.