DISCLAIMER

 

06-0477R


RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY TO WITHHOLD FROM SALE CERTAIN TAX FORFEITED PARCELS (ANNUAL LIST - LANDS TAX FORFEITED IN 2005).

BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:

     RESOLVED, that the board of commissioners of St. Louis County is hereby requested to withhold from sale for the public interest and to classify as conservation the following parcels from the county auditor’s list of properties which have been declared tax forfeited and title thereto vested in the state:

Parcel ID and Legal Description

Location

Reason

010-1800-00110, 00210


Gary First Division, Block 2, Lots 3, 4, 27, and 28

north of the dead-ends of Reis Street and 104th Avenue West (Gary-New Duluth)

adjacent to U.S. Steel Creek, stream preservation

010-2560-00870, 00880


Ironton Park Addition, Block 8, Lots 5 and 6

north of Gogebic Street near the intersection with Lanigan Boulevard (Riverside)

within the Spirit Mountain recreation area authority boundary

010-3530-02020, 02030, 02130, 02140, 02150, 02470, 02480, 02530, 02540


Nortons Lakewood Gardens Addition, Block 10, Lots 8, 9 except highway right-of-way, 19 except highway right-of-way, 20 and 21,

Block 11, Lots 29 except highway right-of-way, and 30 except highway right-of-way,

Block 12, Lots 5 except highway right-of-way, and 6

lots are on both sides of Highway 61 between Lakewood Road and 78th Avenue East (North Shore)

land packaging

010-3850-01200


Portland Division, Block 128, southerly 90 feet of Lot 6 and all of Lot 7 

Upper side of Sixth Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues East (East Hillside)

storm sewer, Grey’s Creek runs through the lot

010-4540-01955


West End Addition, Block 13, Lot 2 lying south of Grand Avenue

part of the Grand Avenue/63rd Avenue West intersection (Irving)

existing street over the lot

010-2710-01160


Lands in the city, T50N, R14W, Section 5, N1/2 of NW1/4, except highway easement

79.91 acres at the southeast intersection of Ridgeview Road and Rice Lake Road (Kenwood)

land assembly, wetland bank


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution requests the Saint Louis County Board of Commissioners classify as conservation certain parcels of tax forfeited land and to withhold those parcels from sale. These are parcels that were certified in December of 2005 as being forfeited due to the nonpayment of taxes. In total, 23 parcels of land forfeited in Duluth in 2005 and this resolution requests that only six parcels be classified conservation. The balance will be made available for sale in the future.

 

The Duluth city planning commission, at its June 13, 2006, meeting, reviewed a list of recommendations from its tax forfeited land subcommittee and those of the department of planning and development for the classification of tax forfeited lands. The commission voted to recommend this list to the city council and Saint Louis County Board of Commissioners and in doing so, they considered the goals of a successful classification process:

      (a)  To encourage the most economical and efficient use of the property for transportation, roads, water supply, drainage, sanitation, education and recreation;

      (b)  To reduce the city’s local government expenses;

      (c)  To conserve and develop Duluth’s natural resources;

      (d)  To encourage economic development in suitable areas.

 

The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners is required by Minnesota state statute to:

     (a)  Administer land returned to the state due to nonpayment of taxes; and

     (b)  Allow 60 days time for the approval or disapproval of the classification from the municipality in which those tax forfeited parcels exist. The municipality may recommend one of the following options:

           (1)  Nonconservation - category recommending that the land be sold according to procedure, which usually means auction to the highest bidder;

           (2)  Conservation - category recommending that the land be retained for an authorized public use.

 

These parcels have not generated tax revenues for five years and if this resolution is approved, the effect on the tax base will be that these six parcels will not generate property tax revenues in the future.