Appeal of hospital’s tax value to be presented

May. 04, 2013 @ 02:29 PM

Tax assessed values of personal property at six locations are slated for board equalization and review during Monday night’s Vance County commissioners meeting.

“They have the opportunity to come before us to express their opinions about their values,” said Tommy Hester, board chairman. “That thing is open from six to eight.”

During March’s board meeting of the commissioners, an appeal from Duke LifePoint Maria Parham Medical Center to lower the assessed value of its personal property was denied.

The Vance County Tax Office valued the personal property at $21.3 million, while the hospital believes the value should be $12.3 million.

During that meeting, Jonathan Care, county attorney, said the hospital had not provided information to support the claim.

Included in Monday’s agenda is a real estate appeal of Maria Parham Medical Center, prepared for Vance County Board of Equalization by Property Valuation Services in Oakland Park, Kansas.

Elbert Ouzts and Elijah Nicholson are scheduled for an appointment requesting the board’s approval to have blighted and abandoned dwellings in the Lower Mobile Area removed.

The Vance County Human Resources Committee will present committee reports and recommendations, which include position vacancies for a deputy specialist at the Vance County Sheriff’s Office; a payroll technician in the Finance Department; a veteran’s service officer in the Veteran’s Service Office; a sheriff’s deputy in the Sheriff’s Office; and a Social Worker in the Children’s Service Department of the Department of Social Services.

David Beck, Vance County’s finance director, will present budget transfers for the board’s review.

“The situation is, some of that money that’s being moved is federal money,” Hester said. “It doesn’t have anything to do with us spending money.

“It’s been in the budget or, it’s federal money that has come in and we have to put it somewhere.”

The Water District Board will present information related to a tower road water line extension, and request approval for a contract and change order.

Jordan McMillen, the county’s planning director, will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. for a rezoning request.

Following the meeting’s regular session, commissioners will go into a closed session for discussion of property and legal matters.

Contact the writer at abentley@hendersondispatch.com.