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County offers refunds to overtaxed landowners


Associated Press - May 4, 2018

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A northern South Dakota county is offering refunds to landowners who have been overtaxed on their properties in recent years.  Brown County commissioners approved more than $510,000 on Tuesday for agriculture property owners who have overpaid taxes in 15 townships.

The offer came after hundreds of landowners paid property taxes in protest when the state Revenue Department determined earlier this year the county was overvaluing land. The average refund per acre is $1.35. The offers are available to all affected agriculture landowners for 2017 property taxes payable this year.

Landowners must sign a release for settlement eligibility saying the county isn't obligated to repay any property taxes from previous years, said Chris White, a state's attorney. The release will be sent out within the next few months to eligible property owners.

There isn't a legal recourse for further refunds because there weren't property taxes paid under protest in past years, he said. Once the release is signed and reviewed, the county will either issue a rebate check or abate the second half of property taxes due in October.

Retired farmer Carson Storm owns land near Bath. He believes overtaxed property owners should receive full refunds this year."I don't think it's right that people have to absorb this cost for this type of thing," Storm said.

Commission Chairman Doug Fjeldheim said the county doesn't feel legally obligated to refund property taxes, but it is doing so to take responsibility for the improper assessments.  County officials are planning to request the state share the settlement cost.



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