By Tim Kowols
The owner of Stone Harbor Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay is taking the city to court over what he believes is an unfair property tax assessment. Lewis Krueger, through his attorney Don Millis from the Madison office of the Milwaukee firm Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, is challenging the $43,000 tax bill on the waterfront property.
The city has assessed the property at a value of $1,978,000. According to information included in Krueger’s court filing, he believes the assessed value should be no higher than $1,060,000.
If Krueger is successful in his tax challenge it will mean less money coming back to the Tax Incremental District that was formed to spur economic development. City Administrator Josh Vanlieshout told DoorCountyDailyNews.com the amount of the impact on city finances would not be a major problem.
Stone Harbor General Manager Nancy Bertz told DoorCountyDailyNews.com the property in question is only the convention center and not the restaurant, bar and hotel.
According to lawsuit documents, Krueger first filed a Claim for Excessive Assessment January 24, with a summons to Door County Circuit Court coming on July 24.