Linn County land purchases in 2014

Linn County has purchased several parcels of land over the years and that has prompted taxpayers to call me and ask questions.

Five parcels of land were deeded to Linn County in 2014. Those parcels added 149.78 acres to the County’s land inventory in 2014.

In one unique situation, the owners gave their interest to the Linn County Conservation Board, but retained a life estate interest in the property, meaning they have use of it until the time of their deaths – see attached. The attachments contain images of the land purchased in 2014.

When governments purchase land, that land no longer generates property taxes which local governments rely upon to provide services, which usually means the property taxes paid by the remaining local taxpayers go up.

A future post will identify the County’s land purchases in 2015 and 2016. Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor








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