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November 28, 2013

Tax issue surrounds trustee request

Is tobacco store tax-exempt?

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Davis said he believes it was assessed in 2011 when several other properties no longer owned by a government entity were taxed.

According to county records, the property was assessed in 2010 at $81,300 and the assessed value in 2013 is $25,000.

“To be an exempt property, the prominent use has to be for the public good,” he said. “The owner has to prove it’s entitled to the exemption. When that happens it shifts the tax burden to other property owners.”

Davis said the township trustee has not filed for an exemption for the property.

“They probably would not be granted the exemption,” Davis said.

Trustee Brenda Jones said the request for vacating the alley is meant to combine the three properties owned by her office.

The property is rented to Brandon Dillon for $400 per month.

“We can’t find any records that the trustee paid taxes,” she said. “If the law states property taxes are owed, I will ask Dillon to pay the taxes.”

Fredrick Spencer, the attorney representing Jones, said the property and an empty lot were purchased in 1981.

“We have documents from the assessor’s office that the property was tax exempt,” he said. “I know there is a tax bill on the lot. It is a separate issue from the vacating of the alley, but is up in the air.”

Spencer said the city of Anderson wanted to purchase the property for the construction of a new City of Anderson Transit System bus terminal, but the Anderson City Council removed the funding from the budget.

“I have not been involved in any discussion on the sale of the property,” he said.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter@KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

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