The following is a letter to the editor from abc newspapers and reprinted here, permission was not obtained, as it is of public record.
To the Editor:
November 2005: Taxpayers in the City of Anoka dodged a bullet last election (2004) by keeping newcomer Mike Gundlach off the city council.
The Pierce/Skogquist council did succeed in appointing him, a resident of only four months, to the city's HRA (Housing Authority) -consistent with their pattern of installing new and non-residents to make decisions for the city.
Gundlach was also named to the Charter Commission just before the new ethics rules were in place.
At the November 14 meeting Gundlach, a former appraiser, expressed concern about the assessed value of a specific home related to it's possible higher current market value.
Citing this historic residence in zone 4, Gundlach said, "The city is losing tax revenue." Then he directed staff to look into it and report back.
I wonder whose crystal ball you could use to do that. . .to predict and then tax some future highest value of any given property?
Many historic homes could not be preserved under such a punishing and speculative tax scheme.
Letter to Editor November 2005 Anoka County Union
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Comments: Where and how does Skogquist find these guys? Or do they find him? This particular tax scheme was one commonly used by the early political bosses to go after political rivals.
The historic residence cited was owned by the Weaver family. Why wasn't Gundlach concerned about property north (Medved's and Corriveau's)? Or even the Pierce holdings south? Could it be because these men are political allies of Mr. Skogquist and himself? Gundlach and Skogquist campaign signs were on these properties.
There's that arbitrary and capricious conflict-of-interest-thingee again.
Comments: One idea floated out there was to redevelop those old useless concrete ruins (already owned by Anokans and doing no earthly good) aka amphitheater, along with those old crummy sober houses. With that footbridge already connecting the street to downtown, it would be a nice looking thing, like that nice three-story into the hill across the river and north from city hall.