Correction: Riley County payment to Home Depot on hold, pending appeal of BOTA ruling

Riley County commissioners on Monday discussed the local impact on government entities and taxpayers from last week’s ruling by the Board of Tax Appeals on the Manhattan Home Depot’s appeal of its 2018 appraisal.
County Clerk Rich Vargo presented the impact per the request of other local government entities.  Before the BOTA case, Home Depot was being taxed in 2018 over $239,000.  That number now is around $150,000, which was the previously reported number the county owed.  The county actually owes $87,000 which is the difference between the two values. The county plans to appeal the BOTA ruling.
The costs of the refund will eventually be split three ways: $29,186 from Manhattan, $24,194 from the County, and $33,582 from USD 383, the only school district impacted.  The county will also have to solely pay over $7,500 dollars in interest, for a total of over $31,000. This interest has been built up since the case is originally from 2018.
“When a larger organization gets a reduction in value, that spreads out that tax burden to everyone else that is still in the tax roll at their full value.  That’s where it impacts the Riley County taxpayers,” says Vargo.
Vargo addressed some misconceptions with the county’s value process related to the case.  He has seen some claims that the county is taxing Home Depot on their inventory.  In reality, they are only taxed on the land, building, and any infrastructure attached to the building.
*Previously, KMAN reported that commissioners approved the court ordered corrected payment to Home Depot. That was incorrect. Instead Riley County decided to hold the $87,000 amount, pending an appeal of the Board of Tax Appeals’ decision. 
Before an appeal can be made, County Counselor Clancy Holeman says he, the county appraiser, and the attorney represented at the BOTA case will review the full decision.
A request has been made for that full decision, as there is technically no final decision made yet.

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