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Published September 14, 2010, 08:53 AM

Ward Co. Farm Bureau challenges land value bump

MINOT, N.D. — The Ward County Farm Bureau is alleging that county officials broke state law when they set farmland values in a preliminary budget without notifying land owners.

MINOT, N.D. — The Ward County Farm Bureau is alleging that county officials broke state law when they set farmland values in a preliminary budget without notifying land owners.

Jim Lee of Max, a Farm Bureau member and former county commissioner, told the Minot Daily News that a proposed 16-percent increase in farmland values is illegal. The county and producers had agreed on a 7-percent increase earlier this year.

The Ward County Farm Bureau filed a complaint with the state attorney general’s office.

County auditor Devra Smestad said the county acted on advice from the attorney general’s office before making the change in the preliminary budget.

Smestad said the notification requirement applies to increases to individual properties. She said across-the-board increases don’t require notification.

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