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Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin: May 11, 1957
(1957)

Upon motion of Regent Rennebohm,   pp. 15-16


Upon motion of Regent Rennebohm,   p. 16


Upon motion of Regent Rennebohm,   p. 16


Regent Renk, on behalf of the Special Regent Committee on Mendota Lakeshore Development, reported,   pp. 16-17


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           (2) Include all areas to be platted for single family residences
                in addition to the areas covered by the present agreement,
 all other terms and conditions of the present agreement to remain unchanged.
           Upon motion of Regent Rennebohm, seconded by Regent Jones, it
was 
           VOThD, That the appointment of Professor R. U. Ratcliff to assist
the Re- 
 gents and the administration in the development and sale of the Hil) arms
be con- 
 tinued on a full-time basis for the summer of 1957, salary to be computed
on the 
 regular summer session basis. 
          Upon motion of Regent Rennebohm, seconded by Regent Jones5 it was
          VOTED. That it is the opinion of the Regents that Section 70.116
of the 
Statutes should, be .amended to provide that, in assessing university agricultural
lands for the ta/levied for school purposes, the assessment be limited to
the land 
and family dwelirg units thereon, 
          In explaining the above recommendation, Regent Renk pointed out
that there 
had been some difficulties in assessing University agricultural properties
at 
Spooner and Ashland; and that, in discussions with certain members of the
Legisla- 
ture, there was general agreement that such buildings on the agricultural
experiment 
farms as the service buildings at Spooner and Ashland should not be assessed
for 
school tax purposes.  He indicated that Assemblyman Bidwell proposed to offer
a bill 
amending the statute to exempt, from the assessment of the tax for school
purposes, 
the buildings and improvements on University lands which are not used for
normal 
Zarm operations.  It was pointed out that the ambiguity of such a provision
would 
make it difficult to determine which buildings and improvements should be
exempt. 
Regent Renk stated that the people in the Arlington Prairie area were interested
in 
not having the present tax assessment base lowered as a result of any amendment
to 
this statute.  He also pointed out that in that area the land itself is assessed
at 
a very low figure, and that the improvements are assessed closer to their
real 
value, with the result that exemption on improvements, except dwellings,
would re- 
duce their tax base. Regent Jones indicated that the principal tax base was
the 
land itself and as the University develops the Arlin~rairie farms additional
dwellings will be constructed so that in a few years the building assessments,
under 
the legislation proposed by the Regents, would amount to as much, or more,
as under 
the present statutes, 
          Regent Renk, on behalf of the Special Regent Committee on Mendota
Lake- 
shore Development, reported that the committee had no report to make at this
time, 
but that the Steering Committee of the Campus Flanning Commission had met
with the 
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