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10 Grand Forks County townships to see lower valuations

Valuations for farmland in 10 townships in western Grand Forks County will be decreased by about 20 percent, the county Soils Committee explained Thursday.

The committee met with land owners to find a more effective and accurate way to calculate valuations after an uproar from some farmers and claims of miscommunication with township officials.

The productivity index, which is used to calculate the valuations, will be decreased by 20 percent for all of Niagara, Moraine, Logan Center and Loretta townships, most of Elkmount, Plymouth, Grace and Lind townships and the western edges of Elm Grove and Larimore townships. While there will be small variations, the 20 percent reduction will decrease the land’s overall value by about the same amount.

The County Commission voted last week on these changes but it was not immediately clear to everyone which townships were affected.

Prior to the changes, land valuations were set to increase by more than 40 percent in several western townships, which saw some of the biggest increases. Many eastern townships saw decreases.

In other related business, the committee also spoke with land owners about improving the way valuations are calculated.

While no decisions were ultimately made, County Commissioner Gary Malm said he was willing to work with landowners, but noted it would be impossible to make everybody happy.

“We’re trying to make this fair,” he said.


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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