MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE EDINA BOARD OF REVIEW
<br />HELD MONDAY, JUNE 13, 1977
<br />AT 7 :CO P.M. , AT E"UIXA CITP HALL
<br />Answering rollcall were members Courtney, Richards, Schmidt, Shaw and Mayor Van
<br />Valkenburg who served as Board of Review at its meeting which convened. pursuant
<br />to "Notice of Board of Revisw Meeting" published in the Edina Sun on May 11,
<br />1977, and posted on City Bulletin Boards. The audience was reminded that the
<br />purpose of this meeting is to give persons who consider themselves aggr;xed by
<br />their assessment, or who wish to complain that the property of another is assessed
<br />too low, an opportunity to show cause for having their assessment corrected.
<br />Swanson explained that the Assessor is charged with valuing property based on
<br />recent sales;
<br />Mr. Rick Davies, Vice President of the Edina Coalition, advised that the Coalition
<br />has received a number of informal requests to look into the whole question of taxes
<br />and valuations and that they will be "reviewing matters further down the road as
<br />far as taxing procedures are concerned".
<br />Mr. .
<br />Mr, Donald Modeen, 5156 Tifton Drive, objected that the market price of his home
<br />is too high in comparison with other homes
<br />other houses in his neighborhood, along with the valuations placed on them.
<br />objected to the inethod of adding a percentage value each year to the market value
<br />which, he said, penalized owngrs of higher priced properties. Market price of
<br />Mr. Modeen's house was
<br />in his area and left pictures of
<br />given at 64,000.
<br />14.r. Lewis B. C. Logan, 4909 Hibiscus Ave., objected to his 1977 market value of
<br />$64,100, stating that the value should be only.$54,100 because of the noise and
<br />other inconveniences from living next to T.H. 100 and because the house itself
<br />was built of the cheapest construction and the basement floor is uneven.
<br />Logan knew of no other comparable recent sales in his neighborhood.
<br />wiL1 inspect the property.
<br />The Assessor
<br />Mr. and Mrs. E. J. WSliams, 6237 Darcy Lane, objected to their 1977 estimated
<br />market value of $89,900 as being too high to comparable properties, even though
<br />they paid $92,500 for the house in March, 1976. Mrs. Williams claimed'that she
<br />has been house hunting and found that houses that are selling for over $100,000
<br />have taxes that are less than they are paying. Mr. Williams requested that his
<br />house be valued along with three or four other houses.
<br />The daughter of Mrs. Charles W. Loufek, claimed that the property of her mother at
<br />6600 IGterlachen Blvd. is raw land without roads, sewer or water and that her *
<br />property is valued at $60 per acre higher than that of Carl Hansen which is immedi-
<br />ately adjacent. Mr. Swanson explained that small portions of property do have a
<br />special assessments levied against the p,roperty.
<br />per unit value than larger pieces of property. He will check on the
<br />Ms. Arne11 Jackson, 6325 Peacedale Ave., recalled that she had appeared before the
<br />Board in 1976 and expressed her objection to her 1977 market value of $49,800 which
<br />had been increased from $46,000 in 1976.
<br />income and cannot afford the higher taxes on her home which she compared with sev-
<br />eral properties in her area.
<br />an illegal fence adjacent to the Crosstown Highway which prevents residents in her
<br />neighborhood from walking to Southdale. She also objected to a "junk yard" at the
<br />end of Peacedale Ave. and was assured that the-City would check on both matters.
<br />The Assessor will review the values of the other properties mentioned by Ms. Jack-
<br />She objected that she is on a fixed
<br />Ms. Jackson also objected to the fact that there is
<br />Mr. B. J. Allard, 6021 Zenith Ave., objected to his 1977 market value of $41,700,
<br />advising that it had increased 13% over two years ago. He advised that his house
<br />is the smallest in the neighborhood and has few of the anenities of surrounding
<br />houses. The Assessor will inspect the property.
<br />Mr. Wm. T. jardine, 5400 Malibu Dr., objected to his 1977 market value of $91,000
<br />which had been increased from $84,600 in 1976 and requested that a value of $82,000
<br />be placed on the house. Mr. Jardine referred to the Citizens' League survey which
<br />appeared in the Minneapolis Tribune which showed that Edina had a higher aggreg-
<br />ate assessment/sales ratio than other Hennepin County'municipalities. Mr. Swanson
<br />said that he would review Mr. Jardine's home and the materials which he left.
<br />Nr. F. X. McCarthy objected :i/ the market value of $1,030,000 Zor apartments located'
<br />at 4200, 4250, 4280 Pnrklawn Ave. and 4415 Parklawti Court, advising that he pur-
<br />chased them in June, 1976, for $750,000. Mr. McCartIiy explained that the apartments
<br />have consistently lost money inasmuch as they do not have the amenities of neighbor-
<br />ing apartments.