In 1976, assessments for a utility project were conducted in Clarkfield. An assessment for a piece of property located near the north end of town was originally deferred utilizing the Green Acres statute. According to the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the statute is a tax deferral program that allows farm properties to be valued using an agricultural value instead of the estimated market value.

In 1976, assessments for a utility project were conducted in Clarkfield. An assessment for a piece of property located near the north end of town was originally deferred utilizing the Green Acres statute. According to the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the statute is a tax deferral program that allows farm properties to be valued using an agricultural value instead of the estimated market value.

Later on, it was determined that the statute did not in fact apply to the property, which left an original assessment amount of $5,257.00 to be paid. From 1977-2015, an interest amount of $13,983.62 has been accruing. The owners of the property previously made $4,000 in payments on the interest in the 90s, bringing the total interest remaining owed as $9,983.62

Because of the complicated knot formed from the confusion over the Green Acres statute, the council decided to settle the debt by forgiving the assessment amount of $5,257.00 and any remaining interest.

“It just isn’t right to ask someone to fork over that much for a mistake that obviously wasn’t theirs,” explained council member Neil Linscheid.

In other news
•  On December 15, the city will host a Truth in Taxation hearing . The hearing will occur at the beginning of the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

• On Wednesday, December 9, the city will have a special election to elect a new mayor for the city. The polls will open at 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at City Hall. This Saturday, December 5, the City Office will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for absentee ballot voting.