The News Tribune’s feature article concerning the property at 4202 Minnesota Ave. totally missed “the news” and was more akin to a marketing piece (“A piece of art inside and out: DeBora and Charles Bernick are selling their Park Point five-level dream home,” July 16).

The property at 4202 Minnesota Ave. is on the market with a listing, or asking, price of $2.5 million. That is 218% of its assessed value. In other words, its assessed value is only 46% of the listing price.

The News Tribune should be asking how this possibly can be. How can the assessor’s office be so far off? Is the assessor’s office just incompetent or is it corrupt? And does it show favoritism and bias?

As a nonresident whose Duluth property has been assessed at a value greater than its purchase price every year, I am outraged by the apparent difference in treatment between my property and 4202 Minnesota Ave.

Any Duluth resident paying their fair share or more of taxes should be outraged as well.

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Thomas Gavin


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