Humboldt supervisors approve tax abatements for trailer park properties


DAKOTA CITY – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors agreed to abate taxes on three properties in a former trailer park Monday.

Humboldt City Administrator Aaron Burnett told the board the Humboldt County Housing Development Corp. is working on the former trailer home park on Seventh Avenue South to turn it into a subdivision for low- to medium-priced housing.

“The vast majority of the trailers have been removed from there. I think they all have went up to the trailer park that’s next to the school,” he said.

However it appears a few trailers will be abandoned – and there are delinquent taxes on those properties, according to Burnett.

“Figuring out how to handle those taxes is very interesting because they are treated differently than other property,” he said.

Until the taxes are settled, the HCHDC cannot file a plat on the new subdivision. The back taxes on the three properties amounted to $1,372.

“There is a huge housing shortage in the area,” Burnett told the board. Many of the homes which are available are priced above their appraisal, or are in need of major repairs, he said.

There is a need for houses in the $100,000 to $200,000 price range, according to Burnett.

The board approved abating the taxes.

In other business, Larry Lane, of Humboldt, asked about federal funding for a closed bridge.

The bridge on 260th Street, southwest of Humboldt, was closed last fall because of deteriorating conditions.

The traffic count on the road before it was closed would qualify it for federal bridge funds, according to Humboldt County Engineer Paul Jacobson.

However, Supervisor Jerry Haverly told the board the county receives a set amount of federal funds annually for bridge replacement and has to report where the money was spent.

“Those dollars are available as they come in per-year basis, but they are not specific for any bridge,” he said.

The county develops five-year plans to determine what bridges are to be replaced. The bridge in question is not on the present plan.