Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kay County Courthouse

Newkirk, OK 74647




The Kay County Equalization Board met in special session on Tuesday, May 11, 2010,

10:00 o’clock a.m. in the Commissioners Court of the Kay County Courthouse in Newkirk, Oklahoma.   Notice of the meeting was posted on May 7, 2010, at the Courthouse front door, Commissioners Court, and basement handicapped entrance of the Kay County Courthouse in Newkirk, Oklahoma.


Chairman Harden called the meeting to order.  Those present were as follows:  J.C. Estes, Vice-Chairman; Joe R. Cary, Member; Carol Purdy, Kay County Assessor; Ron Colberg and Perry Ford, Assessor Office; Tammy Reese, Secretary/Kay County Clerk (see sign-in sheet).


Motion was made by Cary and seconded by Estes approving special meeting minutes of April 8, 2010.   Motion carried:  Cary, aye; Estes, aye; Harden, aye.


Motion was made by Cary and seconded by Estes nominating Floyd Harden as Chairman to the Equalization Board for 2010.  Motion carried:  Cary, aye; Estes, aye; Harden, aye.


Formal Appeal hearings were heard as follows:


Ms. Betty Love:  Ms. Love was protesting because she felt the value was too high due to the area of property; she said there was no consistency in valuations and that properties have decreased.  Ms. Love’s approximate increased amount is $22.98.


Ron Colberg, Assessor’s office, explained they operate a year behind and feel they are in-line with the market value.


Mr. Doug Brown:  Mr. Brown was protesting because he feels the values are too high; he mentioned values have gone down, houses are selling for less due to the economy he based his explanations by using specific homes in his area.  Mr. Brown’s received an approximate increased amount of $121.24.


Ron Colberg mentioned a new building (30 x 60 shed) has also been added to property.


Mr. Brock Massey:  Mr. Massey protested because in September 2009 FEMA listed his property in the “flood zone” and his property valuation increased.  He feels because his property is listed in the flood zone his valuation should be decreased, not increased; Mr. Massey’s approximate increased amount is $6.17.


Mr. George Nix:  Mr. Nix received an approximate increased amount of $12.02 on his property and he feels an increase is not warranted for the area in Ponca City in which he lives; Mr. Nix feels all Ponca City property has decreased.


Carol Purdy, Kay County Assessor, said an in-depth study of Ponca City will be done for next year; she said in some areas they have noticed additions are going down and in other areas they are staying the same.  The Assessor’s office feels they are in-line with values on this property.


Mr. Daniel Shepherd:  Mr. Shepherd sent a written confirmation stating they wish to withdraw the following properties:  Copper Ridge, Willow Creek Villas and Willow Creek Villas II Apartments.


Mr. Robert Mittasch:  Mr. Mittasch feels his house is unsellable for the following reasons:  sewer midges and sewer smell.  He said the midges are so thick you cannot be outside and said the smell is terrible and it penetrates through your home.  Because of these two conditions he does not feel he should receive an increase in taxes (his increase was $58.51).


Ron Colberg said his property has not reached the market value yet, so taxes will continue to go up until it does.


Elias, Books, Brown & Nelson (Tyson Foods, Inc.):  Mr. Elias and Mr. Robert Cox are protesting because they feel the Assessor’s fair market value is excessive because all equipment has been removed, the building is vacant, it has not sold, there is no leasing







and there have been no transactions.  Mr. Cox said the sloped floors which were installed to accommodate the business are a hindrance selling factor to other types of businesses.  Mr. Elias and Mr. Cox presented other Tyson Facilities for sale, sold or under contract for examples of the market.


Mr. Elias mentioned the company appealed last year, as well, and protest is still pending.


Assessor Purdy asked if there was a skeleton crew in the building keeping the machinery going and if the air conditioning units were still in building.


Mr. Cox answered by saying they have a manager there for security reasons and he will need to check to see if air conditioning unit is still attached to the building.


Mr. Cox stated Tyson has deed restrictions and mentioned building cannot be sold for what it is designed.


Equalization Board Member Joe R. Cary asked if that was because of competitive reasons.  Mr. Cox answered yes.


Chairman Harden told each protestor the Board would review their requests, make a decision and notify them at the end of the month.


Motion was made by Cary and seconded by Estes to adjourn at 12:15 p.m.  Motion carried:  Cary, aye; Estes, aye; Harden, aye.









Approved this_____day of___________________,          .







                                                                        FLOYD HARDEN, CHAIRMAN






                                                                        JOE R. CARY, MEMBER