County Board of Appeal OKs recommendations

NEW ULM — The Brown County Board of Appeal and Equalization approved three assessor recommendations Monday.

Changes included raising the agricultural land value of property owned by Raymond Christensen, no address, from $1,103,200 to $1,107,300. The parcel is involved in a split, affecting land and building values.

Residential property owned by Brian & Holly Christensen, 28002 320th St., Sleepy Eye, was reduced from a $378,700 to $369,200. The parcel is involved in a split. It was discovered that a pole building was crossing parcel lines. Half of the value should be attributed to the above property owned by Raymond Christensen.

Bare land, agricultural property owned by Donald Mielke, et al, was reduced in value from $837,200 to $697,200. The Brown County Assessor’s Office recommended adjusting the value and tillable acres of the parcel.

The office tried to contact the owner to verify land use in 2014 but got no response. It was assumed by the office that the parcel waste area was in CRP. Since then, two of the neighboring parcels were sold.

In verifying the sales, it was brought to the office’s attention that only one parcel in the area has land in CRP. The other area parcels were adjusted for the 2017 assessment at the Bashaw Local Board of Review.

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