Lafarge files complaint; new highway engineer named
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A property assessment complaint began Tuesday morning’s commissioners meeting, as Massac County Assessor Gary Hamm informed commissioners Jeff Weber, Jerel Childers and Jayson Farmer about a complaint from Lafarge Corporation in Joppa.

Hamm explained after the county’s assessment changes had already published in the Metropolis Planet, Lafarge filed a complaint regarding the assessed value of $8,954,852. Hamm points out if that figure is multiplied by three, that would be the indicated fair market value.

According to Hamm, Lafarge is seeking a reduction in the assessed value and in a 144-page appraisal the company submitted to Hamm, the company claims the assessed value is $6,811,667, which is a reduction of about $2.1 million.

Massac County’s board of review is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. in Hamm’s office. Hamm said the board of review could decide one of three things: the board could leave the assessed value as it is; agree to lower the amount to Lafarge’s suggested amount; or they could agree to lower it to a different amount. Any changes to the assessed value would affect the 2012 tax bills, which are payable this year.

On a related note, later in the meeting Hamm returned to share with the board he had received notification from the state that Massac County’s tentative multiplier is 1. He said now that he has received notification of the tentative multiplier, the taxing cycle can move forward.

Hamm introduced Lowell Davis and Trent Pell to the commissioners. Davis and Pell, with Pictometry, spoke to the board about doing a fly-over for the county this fall. The company is based in Rochester, N.Y. and does mapping imagery in all 50 states. Davis explained the company would fly a Sessna plane over the county similar to mowing a lawn and those images would be sent to Rochester, where they would be processed.

Davis said the company does “leaf off” imagery and indicated Massac County’s fly over would likely be done in October or November of this year. He said the imagery is very helpful for the assessor as well as for police and fire departments.

Commission Chair Jayson Farmer, who is also a board member on the Massac County 911 board, pointed out the 911 board along with the City of Metropolis and Massac County hope to split the cost of the fly over three ways.

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