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Airport complex value slashed in half

Scott Seitz2 • Jul 29, 2014 at 12:01 AM

The Huron County commissioners will take some time to review the new property valuation recommended by the board of revision Monday involving the office complex at the airport.

The board of revision, which consists of Auditor Roland Tkach, Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer and Commissioner Tom Dunlap recommended the new value of $208,800. Dunlap did not vote on the recommendation because the commissioners own the complex.

The former value was $410,000.

The county commissioners have 30 days to accept or reject the new value. If they reject it, a formal hearing on the property will be scheduled before the board of revision.

The commissioners, along with members of the airport authority board discussed the new value at Tuesday's commissioners' meeting.

The airport board had recently hired its own outside appraiser who submitted a value of $75,000 on the complex or $90,000 counting the surrounding 5 acres.

The commissioners did not make a decision about the recommended value Tuesday.

"The airport board wanted to discuss some particulars with Roland," Dunlap said. "They thought the appraisal was still too high."

Dunlap said he was a bit shocked the airport board members still thought the new value was too high.

He had said after Monday's board of revision meeting he was OK with the recommended value.

"I will definitely take their input into consideration," Dunlap said. "They are the ones out there doing the business. I might have to re-evaluate what I originally said. This is definitely still a work in progress."

Dunlap said if the commissioners end up rejecting the new value and it goes to a formal hearing before the board of revision, the commissioners will likely appoint an interim board of revision member to replace him for that hearing.

"It needs a third vote there and I can't be the one to do it," he said.

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