Saturday, February 6

Build Baby Build - You Betcha

Sarah Palin is back in the news once again.

No not because she has accepted a job as a "FO-News" personality, and not because she has once again become known as a "witty" and "radical" political figure with her key note speech that is to be delivered tonight at the National Tea Part Nation convention. Not even due to her walking away from a political office so she could seek a better position in the spot light.



No way Mr.

It seems there are reports from Anchorage Alaska that the former Gov. may have over-looked paying taxes on properties she co-owns along with her husband Todd and a family friend, Scott Richter. These properties have construction improvements that have been installed on them.

Improvements like two story - house sized cabins, work shops and more.

The improvements were spotted Thursday as an aerial survey was conducted of the properties located close to 100 miles north of Anchorage, near Safari Lake in Petersville, Alaska. Sarah's stated favorite vacation spot.

Property taxes totaling $156.13 were paid on the land in 2009, but that bill is for land only. The two properties total 25 acres and have an assessed value of $30,000. The records do not include anything for the structures in the the local assessors office.The records do show a $0 value for buildings and improvements however. A survey of the area of the Palin properties had not been conducted in five years, at that time there were reportedly no cabins on the properties.

Cabins in the area that are more typical cabin in size are valued between $40,000 and $60,000 as they are remote and have limited or no direct road access. Larger "cabins" in the area with road access are listed for sale in the $200,000 range. There seems to be some speculation that at least one of the properties has moderate to good road access.

Palin's attorney has said it is not the responsibility of property owners to report structures that go up on their land. However, according to tax assessor employees, owners are required by state law to report any omissions or errors in their tax assessments.

The assessor office often learns of new structures in remote properties when neighbors report them, however in this case no one has called in regarding the Palin lots, which are among many properties in the region to add structures, the flyover survey found.

I was surprised by the assessors office stating that they had to fly over the property since when I decided to view the aerial of the property all I had to do was go into Google. Want to see the aerial of the Palin compound? Here it is in google maps.

If you want to read more on the Palin properties and find out more information on the great state of Alaska and the politics from our northern most state take some time and visit the MudFlats. The MudFlats blog is where the Palin property tax story was originally broken. Take a look at it, it is definitely an interesting read: Sarah Palin - Tax Cheat? In that post there is also a picture of a "cabin" on one of the properties. The picture is noted as having been "taken about two years ago". If that is a cabin, my house may well be a shack.

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