The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 24, 2014

Supervisors question amount of DeWitt annex appraisal

By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — Clinton County will seek either a new appraisal or a clarification on the existing one before proceeding with a sale of the old annex building in DeWitt.

The Clinton County Board of Supervisors held a discussion of the method of sale for the building Wednesday morning. During this discussion, the supervisors pointed out dissatisfaction with a current appraisal of the building, which puts it almost $61,000 less than an appraisal completed just a few years ago.

“I guess I would question why there is a $61,000 difference, myself,” Building Maintenance Manager Corey Johnson said.

Supervisor Brian Schmidt pointed out that both appraisals used three sales in the DeWitt area to help price the property and two of these three sales were used in both appraisals. Johnson said the difference appears to be in the value of the unused lot behind the building. The first appraisal takes this land into consideration and the second one does not seem to do this.

“If it was my piece of property, I would be wanting to ask someone why there is such a difference in the property values,” Johnson said. The cost of the last appraisal was $1,450.

The board directed Johnson to do a little research and see if he can get a clarification on the existing appraisal. He will come back to the board in a couple of weeks.