Acme Township Board
Brian Bourdages, Farmland Protection Specialist
Recommendation for Appraisal Services for Farmland Preservation Program
June 20, 2007
After careful review of the appraisal bids submitted to Acme Township for the
Township’s farmland preservation program, I, in concert with the Township Manager Sharon Corpe, and
Board Member Wayne Kladder, offer the following observations and recommendation for appraisal
services for the township’s PDR program:
1) All bids provide are from long-standing and reputable state certified appraisers with a successful
history of work in appraising agricultural conservation easements in our region.
2) I had direct contact by phone with Gotshall Associates and Cedar Consulting, both of whom asked
very detailed questions about the appraisals, the township program, clarification of the easement
3) Only the bid from Cedar Consulting is in the township’s budget estimate of $10,000 for all four
properties. That said, I feel that all appraisal bids were in an appropriate price range given the
sheer size of the parcels and the complexity of the appraisal problem in a township without many
conservation easements to provide comparable prices for restricted land.
4) Cedar Consulting’s bid is considerably lower than the others because, in Mr. Johnson’s words , “I
anticipate there will be significant economies of scale and a great deal of the market data will be
applicable to all properties.” This is an eminently reasonable assumption given the similarities in
size, location and restrictions for the properties.
5) Cedar Consulting’s cost to update appraisals to “self-contained” reports for tax purposes for the
landowner is somewhat higher than the other bidders, but is more in keeping with the norm for
producing a new full “self-contained” report after some lapse in time where new comparables etc.
may be needed. This is a cost that would be incumbent on the landowner rather th