the property during this time period. Staff confirmed that service was being provided
during that time period for a 64-gallon cart, plus late fees. Since the current property
owner is responsible for all pending assessment on the property, staff recommends
approving the assessment.
Moermond: Mr. Tahirou, why are you appealing and what are you looking for today?
Tahirou: I wasn’t the owner of the property, and that wasn’t told to me by the title
company. I found out after when I was trying to refinance about the assessments. How
am I responsible for a service provided when I didn’t own it? I wasn’t aware of it either
as I closed on the property. It did now because it was added to the taxes when they did
pull title action. That’s why I’m asking how can I work with the City to find common
ground on this?
Moermond: from the City’s perspective I will say when you buy the property you buy the
pending debts, assessments, and so on. It is on the seller to disclose to the buyer to
disclose pending assessments, but also any existing orders or bills that could go to
the taxes. Those assessments do attach to the property, not the person. That is
something that is a private matter between buyer and seller to resolve rather than
interjecting the City into that title transfer. Why would the City subsidize that
transaction by having the taxpayers at large pay for it? It should have been disclosed
by your seller and that’s something you should follow up with them about.
Tahirou: the seller was someone under the influence of drugs. As we did the
transaction I was able to talk to the seller and they abandoned the house. I believe the
house was under control of the City before we bought it. It was boarded and all that.
That’s where it gets sticky. I don’t mind, but how do I do this? How do we settle on
something? I’m trying to look for answers on this. I get what you said we own it and it
comes with all those things, but this wasn’t’ disclosed to me.
Moermond: first, your seller being compromised by substances, that isn’t something
that would be legal for me to consider but rather how you and your representatives
decided how to proceed based on their ability. That is again a private matter. The City
didn’t’ take control. It may have been condemned and boarded, but the city never took
title. This was quite a nuisance property, hence all those assessments. Hopefully the
price you paid reflected the fact it was in this condition. I can’t look to the balance of
the taxpayers int eh City to pay for this. The Council may look at this differently. For
my part, I can’t take that into account. I can only look at this as a private real estate
transaction to which the City wasn’t a party.
Tahirou: I understand. From here it goes to the City Council?
Moermond: yes, on the letter informing you of this hearing there in information about
the Council Public Hearing on March 8.
Tahirou: where did that go?
Zimny: 5455 Smetana Dr Unit 1110, Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Tahirou: I no longer live there, I live at—
Moermond: and we can’t do anything about that here. You successfully filed this
appeal which means on its face you received notice. You can call 651-266-2000.
Tahirou: I didn’t get that letter if it was sent to that address.
Moermond: and again, I will say that you successfully filing this appeal is indicative