Hinton residents to pay nearly same amount as Westfield

Posted May 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final in a series on the decisions supervisors made as the Drainage Board at their March 26 meeting. Akron and Westfield drainage district decisions were in the first two articles of this series.

Plymouth County Supervisors unanimously approved special tax assessments on the county’s three drainage districts. Therefore, Akron, Hinton and Westfield residents will see their property taxes increase beginning with their 2013-2014 property taxes.

Because of the assessment amounts, supervisors will hold public meetings for Hinton and Westfield landowners who own parcels within the drainage districts.

The public is invited to attend the Hinton Drainage District Meeting from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., May 9 at the Hinton Community Center.

The Westfield Drainage District Meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., May 16 at the Westfield Community Center.

Akron Drainage District

Akron landowners will only receive letters about the assessment.

In the Akron Drainage District article, it stated the supervisors had estimated there were about 500 parcels to be taxed. Now, Plymouth County Information Technology & Graphical Information System Administrator Shawn Olson said there are actually about 1,000 parcels in the Akron Drainage District.

Hinton Drainage District

The supervisors had two tasks with the Hinton Drainage District.

First, they had to decide which parcels to include and not include in the special assessment.

Feldman explained the Hinton Drainage District had 508 parcels but only 443 were taxable after exempt parcels were removed.

Unlike Akron and Westfield that has all square parcels in the drainage district, the Hinton Drainage District follows the Floyd River’s meandering. Therefore, there were some that had less than one-third of a parcel within the drainage district boundaries.

The supervisors eliminated those 10 parcels with less than one-third in the drainage district, leaving 433 to receive assessments.

The Hinton Drainage District had a balance of $4,000 and needed at last $180,000 for two bridge replacements.

The bridge within the city limits needs to be done within the next two years, said Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe.

Supervisor Jack Guenthner made a motion for an assessment of $100 per parcel for five years to pay for the two bridge replacements and continued maintenance of the drainage district. Kass seconded it, and the vote was unanimous.

It was noted this will generate about $216,500.

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