What an exciting start into February:
Jeanne Devon ("AKMuckraker") from the famous Mudflats blog in Alaska just disclosed on the air on the Shannyn Moore Show that Sarah and Todd Palin have been evading property taxes for years now for two of their properties. If the Palins had declared the value of the property correctly, they would have had to pay a substantial amount until today - which they didn't.
One of the "cabins" which the Palins have self-assessed
(picture about 2 years old, according to Mudflats)
Todd and Sarah are now millionaires, but they shirk their responsibility to pay local property taxes.
Attached are printed copies of Matanuska-Susitna Borough tax assessments from the public website (address shown at the bottom) regarding two lake frontage properties the Palins own in the Petersville Hills. Safari Lake is a gorgeous location, with stunning views of Mt. McKinley and the surrounding terrain.
Please note that two parcels total almost 20 acres and are assessed for a total value of $30,000. Also, there is a $0 value regarding any buildings on the property.
Any photos or visual inspection of the properties would clearly reveal that there are two large “cabins” on the property that are well built, and include thousands of dollars worth of improvements and amenities. The buildings are clearly nicer than many people’s homes.
Also on the property is a large shop for snowmachines and four-wheelers.
These buildings have been on the property for years now – yet the Palins have done nothing to correct the assessment.
If your opinion of the value of your property differs from the assessor’s, by all means go to the office and discuss the matter. Staff will be glad to answer your questions about the appraisal and explain how to appeal if you cannot come to an agreement. The assessor’s office relies on the property owner for information. You can help by providing accurate information.
Sarah Palin: It seems that the people from the Borough were not obliged to climb up the mountain to look at your property, which apparently doesn't even have proper road access - it seems that YOU were required to tell them that the two cabins are worth much, much more than $ 0,00!
There's evidently precedent in AK for charging the proper taxes retroactively on property not even shown by the tax assessor, and for the taxpayer to properly list said property, as this post I borrowed from Mudflats shows:
"I haven’t been able to find any cases specifically about the Mat-Su borough but an Anchorage case held that the assessor could retroactively assess a warehouse addition as “escaped property” even though the assessor had assessed the other buildings but missed the addition. (Anchorage v. Alaska Distribs. Co., 725 P.2d 692 ).
"The court held “AS 29.45.110(a) and AS 29.45.180(a) also support our holding. AS 29.45.110(a) requires the assessor to assess property at its full and true value. AS 29.45.180(a) requires the taxpayer who receives an assessment notice to advise the assessor of errors or omissions in the assessment of property. These statutes emphasize the legislature’s policy of fairness to all taxpayers by insuring payment by each taxpayer of its fair share of taxes and by disallowing windfalls due to the tax [**10] assessor’s errors. ”
Here are the links to the assessments of Sarah and Todd Palin's properties which are in question here, as previously published on Mudflats:
The properties were assessed in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and each time the value of the buildings was assessed with $ 0,00. The picture of one of the "cabins" which we published above shows the state of the property about 2 years ago, according to Jeanne Devon from Mudflats.
(many thanks to sjkfromthebellyoftheplane!)