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City releases ability for action in mall property tax appeal

By Kayleigh Rahn
The Tuscola City Council, during its meeting Tuesday, May 29, opted to release the city’s intention to intervene in the property tax appeal filed by the new owners of the outlet mall.

City Administrator Drew Hoel said the city reserved its spot in the process after the news reached City Hall regarding the property tax appeal field the new owners of the outlet mall.

The county assessor’s office has negotiated a resolution to that appeal, such that the market value (for assessment purposes) would decreased from $17.26 million to $8 million for the 2017 tax year then to $6.25 million (the purchase price) for the 2018 tax year.

“We preserved out spot in the process but to release that takes your action,” Hoel said. “The assessor’s office has essentially negotiation instead of going through the appeal process, which I’m told is fairly standard. They do have a sale price and appraisals supporting the value that they are seeking, and frankly I don’t know what we’d offer the assessor. This waives any future participation in the process on our part.”

In other business, the city amended an agreement with Francis Associates for the Moore Pond Examination in the amount of $5,000.

“The property is currently owned by Dr. Roxanne Moore,” Hoel reported to the council. “This is the same property that is currently under contract to developers of a proposed Route 36/Interstate 57 intersection improvements. The pond on that property is the outlet for two major storm sewers from Prairie Street, just south of the high school, subject to a drainage easement granted several years ago.

“Obviously there has been an issue with the drainage through those tiles, as there is standing water in South Prairie Street frequently,” Hoel reported to the council. “That pond is also a potential component of the overall drainage plan for the infrastructure in support of development.”

The study would allow the city to determine a solution to the current standing water issue and the potential for storm water storage in support of the development.

The full story can be found in the Wednesday, June 6 edition of The Tuscola Journal.

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