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Grand Forks County officials are working on fixing rising rural land valuations by drawing more accurate non-cropland maps and reevaluating things that contribute to poor soil quality in a few townships.

County Tax Director of Equalization Amber Gudajtes said they are currently looking for a company to come in and digitize non-cropland maps so that a fairer rate can be calculated instead of the current blanket rate of $190 per acre. This involves using satellite imagery to draw more accurate maps with a computer program.

Rye, Inkster, Michigan, and Hegton townships are also in the process of redoing the maps that show soil “modifiers,” or things that contribute to poor soil, such as salinity and poor drainage. The original maps were too heavily modified or not modified at all and therefore given a blanket modifier in error by the county Soils Committee.

Gudajtes said she hopes to get the digitized and modifier maps soon so those calculations can be applied to the valuations for 2014.

Anna Burleson

Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.

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