DISCLAIMER

07-0392R


RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY TO WITHHOLD FROM SALE CERTAIN TAX FORFEITED PARCELS (ANNUAL LIST, FN 07053).

BY COUNCILOR STAUBER:

     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

010-1600-00370

Fond Du Lac Second Street Duluth, Lot 71

Tract 9

Lower side of W 2nd St btw 131st Ave W and Mission Creek (Fond du Lac)

Floodplain/

Shoreland preservation

010-1600-00380

Fond Du Lac Second Street Duluth, Lots 73, 75, 77, and 79

Tract 10

Lower side of W 2nd St btw 131st Ave W and Mission Creek (Fond du Lac)

Floodplain/

Shoreland preservation

010-1620-01170

Fond Du Lac Fourth Street Duluth, Lot 34

Tract 11

Upper side of W 4th St west of 133rd Ave W (Fond du Lac)

Addition to Fond du Lac Park

010-1620-01180

Fond Du Lac Fourth Street Duluth, Lot 36

Tract 12

Upper side of W 4th St west of 133rd Ave W (Fond du Lac)

Addition to Fond du Lac Park

010-2820-02480

Rearr Lenroots Addition to Ironton Duluth, Block 20, Lots 11, 12, 13, 14

Tract 14

Northwest of the intersection of Lenroot St and the LS & M railroad (Smithville)

Creek flows through property, wetland preservation

010-3120-03960

Lower Duluth St. Louis Avenue, Lot 348

Tract 15

In St. Louis Bay btw 36th and 37th St South (Park Point)

In St. Louis Bay

010-3120-04000

Lower Duluth St. Louis Avenue, Lot 356

Tract 16

In St. Louis Bay btw 36th and 37th St South (Park Point)

In St. Louis Bay

010-3120-04100

Lower Duluth St. Louis Avenue, Lot 376

Tract 17

In St. Louis Bay btw 37th and 38th St South (Park Point)

In St. Louis Bay

010-3120-04120

Lower Duluth St. Louis Avenue, Lots 380 and 382

Tract 18

In St. Louis Bay btw 37th and 38th St South (Park Point)

In St. Louis Bay

010-3120-04220

Lower Duluth St. Louis Avenue, Lot 400

Tract 19

In St. Louis Bay btw 38th and 39th St South (Park Point)

In St. Louis Bay


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 2006 as being forfeited due to the nonpayment of taxes. In total, 22 parcels of land forfeited in Duluth in 2006 and this resolution requests that only ten parcels be classified “conservation.” The balance will be made available for sale in the future.


The Duluth city planning commission, at its May 8, 2007, regular meeting, reviewed a list of recommendations for the classification of tax forfeited lands prepared by the department of planning and development with input from the environmental advisory council (EAC). 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.


Summary of Recommendation

Parcels forfeited in 2006

22

Parcels recommended for “Conservation” class:

10

Parcels recommended for “Non-Conservation” class and release for sale:

12


The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners is required by Minnesota State Statute to:

     1.)  Administer land returned to the state due to nonpayment of taxes; and

     2.)  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:

     a.)  Non-Conservation - category recommending that the land be sold according to procedure, which usually means auction to the highest bidder.

     b.)  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.