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Bennett land sale trims $1,200 from tax revenue; courthouse repairs approved

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Sale of former Bennett timberland trims $1,200 from county’s property tax revenue

Property – timberland – that used to be owned by Bennett Lumber was bought by the Nez Perce Tribe earlier this year. In total, 1,539 acres with an assessed value of more than $508,000 was transacted, Idaho County Assessor James Zehner reported to the Idaho County Commission last Tuesday, March 27.

With 691 of those acres within the area where the tribe’s property is tax exempt, the purchase reduced county property tax rolls by $316,445, lowering the county’s tax receipts by a bit less than $1,200 per year.

Some of the land burned during 2015, Zehner said, and it’s not yet clear whether a tax exemption that applied to the burned timberland still applies.

Courthouse plumbing fixtures, interiors to be fixed

GRANGEVILLE – Plumbing problems at the Idaho County Courthouse led to commissioners hiring a new head maintenance man: Terry Matthews, who reported last Tuesday, March 27, on problems with a urinal in one restroom and a toilet in another. Matthews said the urinal might not need to be replaced, as the problem traced back to a pipe connection, and he said the basement toilet – a 1958 model – is simply out of date.

Commission chairman Skip Brandt asked Matthews to report back with quotes for the urinal reinstallation and an estimate on a replacement toilet.

Replacing the urinal might have cost the county $650, but the discussion weighed the possibility of saving $500 or more by reinstalling the fixture instead of buying a new one. The board also ballparked the cost of a new toilet for the basement at $250 during the discussion.

Matthews also pointed out the need to replace certain interior ceiling tiles, some of which are water stained.

The Free Press previously reported an elevator repair late last year cost the county $44,000. Earlier this year, another elevator issue cost the county more than $2,800 to resolve.

Last year, the commissioners approved a $2,500 repair of courthouse parking lot potholes, of which striping – the re-painting of lines – cost about $2,000.


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