The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday agreed to abate $1,522 in unpaid mobile home taxes after supervisors learned the homes had been destroyed and removed from an Estherville mobile home park.
Monte Burrell had requested the abatement, saying the mobile homes had been abandoned and had been removed from the park. Burrell said some had owed rent for several years.
County treasurer Vickie Jurrens said taxes owed on the units were $324, $592 and $606 and that she couldn't find the former owners.
Supervisor Ron Smith said it was easier for him to abate the taxes if the homes had already been disposed of, and the board approved the abatement.
Burrell stressed that anyone with a mobile home tax lien needs to get a tax clearance before the home is moved or face a fine.
He also noted that lenders who finance mobile homes are required to pay lot rent if the home goes back to them.
In other business, the board approved an agreement for up to $45,000 with Don Reffer of B&W Control for tree and brush control along open ditches.
In the road report, county engineer Roger Patocka said crews had been blading, hauling gravel and had repaired the northeast guardrail on the Tom and Jerry bridge on County N26 northwest of Estherville.
Patocka said crews had also been cold mix patching and will soon start on dust control.