JANUARY 16, 2007
The Lake County Value Adjustment Board (VAB) met on Tuesday,
January 16, 2007, at 8:30 a.m., in the Board of County Commissionersí Meeting
Commr. Cadwell called the meeting to order, and it was noted
that a quorum was present.† Because the
special master process is new to some of the members, he asked Sandy Minkoff,
UPDATE ON PROCEDURES
Commr. Cadwell questioned whether there would be anything that would preclude individual members from meeting with Mr. Minkoff and going through this process.
Mr. Minkoff stated that he would be glad to meet with the Board members or provide them with written material; however, they would be precluded from meeting with the applicants or Property Appraiser.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Renick and carried unanimously by a 4-0 vote, the VAB approved to postpone action on all items until February 6, 2007 at 8:30 a.m.
Discussion occurred regarding the need for additional time to address the issues, with it being noted that Mr. Minkoff will request that the regular Board of County Commissionersí meeting be scheduled for 10 a.m., with the VAB meeting starting at 8:30 a.m.
Mr. Steve Richey, Attorney representing one of the applicants, addressed the Board and stated that, because the VAB did not get the response from Mr. Havill until Friday, and some of them did not get it at all, they would like an opportunity to review and respond to it because, just in a cursory review of it, it so misstates the facts that were before the special master that it requires them to respond in some way.† The original order provided that they respond in 30 days, and Mr. Havill should have responded within that time as well.† Mr. Richey stated that he would like to respond in writing to Mr. Havillís response so that, when the VAB considers this item, they have all of the facts accurately presented to them based on the law.
Mr. Minkoff noted that valuation cases will also be heard at the February meeting, so the VAB may need additional time, as well as staff, to complete the process.† He suggested that they move the meeting to February 20, 2007 and give them until January 31, 2007 to get their responses in.
Commr. Stivender amended her original motion to postpone action until February 20, 2007, at 8:30 a.m.
Under discussion, Mr. Richey wanted to clarify that, when they file their responses, and then the Property Appraiser responds again, he would like to make sure that they are received in a timely manner, so that the VAB will have adequate time to have the information before them.
Mr. Minkoff explained that normally the petitioner files; they get a response; and the petitioner files one response.† If they want to allow Mr. Havill another opportunity to respond, then the VAB just needs to set some dates.
It was clarified that the petitioners will file any objections to the response filed by Mr. Havill by January 31, 2007; the Property Appraiser will have until February 7, 2007 to respond to any objections.† It was also noted that the minute approval could also be postponed until the February 20, 2007 meeting.
Commr. Renick seconded the motion to postpone action on all items until February 20, 2007, at 8:30 a.m.
Chairman Cadwell called for a vote on the motion, which was carried unanimously by a 4-0 vote.
There being no further business to be brought forth to the VAB at this time, the meeting went into recess at 8:45 a.m., until February 20, 2007, at 8:30 a.m.
WELTON G. CADWELL, CHIARMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK