BAXTER -- What do you do about property taxes on a landlocked lot?
The Baxter City Council Tuesday decided to answer that question for one Baxter resident, Reuben Root, by lowering his 2005 taxes by 50 percent.
Root owns 2.24 acres of land in between Travine Way and Memorywood Drive. The problem is there is no access to the land and Root said no one wants to buy it.
"I don't know. They're landlocked and the only thing they can do is sell it," to a neighboring property owner, said Baxter Mayor Gary Muehlhausen. The problem with that, said City Planner Todd Holman, is that they wouldn't get a good price because people know they would be desperate to sell.
For 2004 Root paid about $14,000 in taxes on the property. For 2005, with an included 20 percent reduction from Crow Wing County, they were to pay about $18,000.
The motion to reduce the taxes to 50 percent was unanimously approved by the city council.
In other action, the council:
Heard a presentation from Lt. Col. Richard Weaver, Camp Ripley post commander, on Camp Ripley's annual economic and environmental report.
Heard a brief presentation from Terry Holm on the Online Inline Race planned June 12 in Baxter.
Heard a brief presentation from Terry McGaughey on the Ride with Jim Oberstar, set June 11.
Set a joint city council and Parks and Recreation Commission public information meeting for 7:30 p.m. June 15 at city hall about the Whipple Beach project.
Passed a resolution allowing no parking along Clearwater Road and Inglewood Drive.
Revoked a conditional use permit for outdoor sales at Morey's Fish Market for failure to abide by the conditions of the permit. A tent and temporary signage will have to be removed within 14 days.
Denied an interim conditional use permit for outdoor sales at Cub Foods.
Approved an interim conditional use permit to Generous Jerry's Fireworks for sales at Motor City USA.
Approved the conditional use permit to Murphy Oil USA to build a motor fuel station at the Wal-Mart Super Center site on Glory Road.
Purchased property along Clearwater Road at a cost of $148,500 to be used for storm water purposes.
Approved the advanced engineering technical evaluation of water treatment plant in the amount of $33,100.
Approved the Anderson Brothers quote for gravel on Mapleton Road in the amount of $14,617.
Approved a partial payment of $246,861 to S.J. Louis Construction for the 2003 Edgewood Drive utility improvements.
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