Ford seeking tax rebate on its St. Paul property

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 12, 2013 - 10:17 PM

The assessment dispute between the auto company and Ramsey County, which started in 2007, is expected to go to trial soon.

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samiamJan. 12, 1311:19 PM

So they basically want a tax credit for eliminating Jobs. Wow.

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somedude2Jan. 13, 13 7:11 AM

When Ford was there it was zoned "Light Industry". From what I understand, Ford is not yet finished with the property and it is not yet ready for sale, and no rezoning was requested by either party. So how can the county feel they can tax at the higher rate? Now if the county wanted to go ahead and force a zoning change, then a lawsuit from Ford would valid, but a lawsuit at this point is a waste of money.

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mn2niceJan. 13, 13 9:18 AM

What I find interesting is Ford shut down this plant for business reasons, and now they are crying fowl because they can't sell if for a profit later. Whether the zoning is changed or not is immaterial to me. Ford put hundreds of people out of work when they closed the plant. Maybe they should be forced to give the money they would get from its sale to those who lost their jobs when it closed.

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grandpa64Jan. 13, 1310:03 AM

It sounds to me like the County has performed a "Money Grab" in an unlawful and capricious manner. The Ford Motor Company closed this plant for various business reasons. Jobs in this area were taken by personnel in other places. No jobs were eliminated, just transferred. This was Ford's most productive non-modern plant, however there were very few from Minneapolis and St Paul actually employed in this facility.

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guitarmnJan. 13, 1311:24 AM

""Jobs in this area were taken by personnel in other places. No jobs were eliminated, just transferred. This was Ford's most productive non-modern plant, however there were very few from Minneapolis and St Paul actually employed in this facility.'' =====grandpa, then where did these people come from?? There were people transferred to the plant from other plants years ago, but as per contract agreements, almost all that came, went back to their 'home plants' years ago. Other than some upper management people, everyone who worked there was from the surrounding areas, whit some coming in from places as far as Hinkley and Wisconsin. You would be completely wrong.

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callmeronJan. 13, 13 1:03 PM

With the government viewing job creators as juicy fruit from which every drop of money is to be squeezed, is it any wonder businesses are leaving (not only Minnesota, but the USA)? Hope and change...

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guitarmnJan. 13, 13 4:06 PM

The usual factless anti-Obama drivvel from ron. With the economy recovering, employment recovering, housing market recovering, Wall Street continually hitting levels never seen before, elimination of Bin Laden and all associated with him, the wars winding down with troops coming home earlier than expected from Afghanistan, It's like an alternate reality with complete denial.

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dtmonkeyboyJan. 14, 13 3:41 PM

Ford does not get to decide the value of the land. The market decides and that is what the tax is based on (market value). knowing that the plant is closed and can now be re-used, the value of the property has gone up and so should the taxes.Ford actually wants the land rezoned so that they can get top dollar for it. However they don't want it rezoned until they are ready to sell. But that is not for them to decide. Taxes are based on market value and now that it is no longer an industrial site the value has increased.

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