City Of Fort Pierre Resolves Unique Abatement Request

(KCCR) — The Fort Pierre City Council has resolved a unique abatement request. The Council considered the request at its meeting two weeks ago but tabled action until Monday night to get more information. The request for the abatement was made by Ken Brull who sold land to Stanley County for use as a new shop site. Dick Tiezen is the lawyer representing the Brull’s. He says the agreement his client made with Stanley County is similar to buying a home…

“I think the confusion is that; it’s a little right hand, left hand.  The purchaser was the county.  Who expends the money on behalf of the county is the Auditor.  So the Auditor paid the million, in my example, withheld the 10-5 and was supposed to pay the Brull taxes, that were due, up to the day of closing; October 31st.  Auditor didn’t pay those to the county Treasurer…I don’t know why…but I don’t believe that’s been done.  So there you have why this tax bill is sitting there.”
Tiezen says the Brull’s paid the taxes through the sale and technically have no taxes to pay…

“They paid it in the terms of they didn’t receive 10 thousand, 500 dollars they should have received.  It’s an accounting exercise between the Auditor’s office and the Treasurer’s office.  Unfortunately, the city and the school district are probably caught in the middle of that deal, because a portion of those taxes when paid by the Auditor, on behalf of Brulls’, which they held the money for, would be allocated out to the school district and to the city in your proportionate share by statute.”
City Attorney Naomi Cromwell says state statutes on issue will limit what the city could do…

“The Council should consider, I think, under the statue it likely is that it is two months….would be the criteria.  I would question whether the remaining months; January through…through the end of October do meet that, but that is something that this Council should be considered when you take a look at this.”
The Fort Pierre City Council voted unanimously to abate two months of the taxes and not the full 12 months as requested by Stanley County.