BY COUNCILOR STAUBER:
RESOLVED, that the city council objects to the reclassification to nonconservation and sale of the following tax forfeited parcels by the board of county commissioners of Saint Louis County (FN 07117):
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution exercises authority granted to municipalities by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 282, to disapprove of reclassification of tax forfeited lands from conservation to nonconservation upon notification from the board of commissioners from the county in which the lands are located.
On September 5, 2007, the department of planning and development received a list of 14 tracts of tax-forfeited land reclassified to non-conservation by the Saint Louis County Board of Commissioners. Planning department staff has reviewed all parcels with a subcommittee of the environmental advisory committee and the city planning commission (at their October 16, 2007, regular meeting) recommending objection to the reclassification of 3 of the 14 tracts. In conducting the review, staff and the planning commission find continuing public purpose for retaining these parcels.
This resolution keeps the listed parcels from becoming part of the tax base. Not objecting to reclassification of the other 11 parcels on the list supports their eventual sale and change to a taxable status.