Look inside for... Local deer showing 106 honored for earning Municipal their GED at Mayland election results signs of disease 50 cents Yancey County News Brush Creek - Burnsville - Cane River Crabtree - Egypt - Green Mountain - Jacks Creek Pensacola - Price’s Creek - Ramseytown - South Toe www.yanceycountynews.com vTo be a voice, and to allow the voices of our community to be heard.v Nov. 10, 2011 W Vol. 1, No. 44 FFA club members from Mountain Heritage High School traveled with 110 other FFA members from eight chapters across Western North Carolina to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. See complete story inside. County debates collecting taxes Board of Equalization & Review struggles to pin down how much Mountain Air owes in back taxes By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News The Yancey County Board of Equalization and Review is still debating a solution to collect three years of unpaid back taxes owed by Mountain Air and its subsidiary corporations. The issue is unresolved even though the assessed value of the land - and the methods used to determine that value - were ratified in a ruling by the North Carolina Property Tax Commission. According to documents filed with the county Board of Equalization and Review which is made up of all five members of the county board of commissioners - Mountain Air representatives believe the 2008 valuation of its property was inflated and inaccurate. Mountain Air appealed the $482 million valuation, claiming there was no valid method used for arriving at the rate, that some properties at the development were double taxed, that the county improperly considered a parcel as subdivided rather than as one individual tract, and that the county did not have the authority to increase 2011 values from 2010 for parcels deeded from Mountain Air Development Corp. to Mountain Air Country Club. The appeals went before the county Board of Equalization and Review (BOER), and then to the state Property Tax Commission, which ruled 3-2 in the county’s favor in February. See page 5 Photos by Jonathan Austin/Yancey County News Presnell aims to take on Ray Rapp Michele D. Presnell, a first-term member of the Yancey County Board of Commissioners, has filed campaign organization papers as the first step to seeking the N.C. House District 118 seat. Presnell filed her paperwork with the Yancey County Board of Elections on Friday. “I’m very excited,” Presnell said Wednesday. “I want to make a difference.” Presnell, who owns a framing shop in Burnsville, is the wife of former county commissioner and state Senator Keith Presnell. She is stepping into state politics as the state legislature just got federal approval for redistricting that puts all of Yancey County into the 118th district, which is currently represented by Democrat Ray Rapp of Mars Hill. See page 16 LOG CABIN IN THE WOODS 2BR/2BA, Full basement, fully furnished, 2.61 acres, private 728 W. Main St. - 682-9994 • Dale’s cell - 208-1881 • Jonathan’s cell - 779-1980 $99,000 Make offer!