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Sunday, October 17, 2010
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This blog thread posted by the Irving Inquisition uses some explicit language, as well as depicting some aspects of life in North Minneapolis that some readers may find objectionable. Reader discretion is advised.
Get to Know Minneapolis Slumlord, Steven Meldahl
Before we get too far with Steven Meldahl it’s important to understand the criteria by which he is being judged.
|Burned out wreck - 1511 22nd Avenue North, Minneapolis MN 55411|
This is 1511 22nd Avenue North. If you’ve read this blog before then you know that it is one of the themes that has propelled this blog into action. This property has been sitting there; empty, for the past six year, maybe even longer. It’s symbolic of urban decay, and its owner has literally done absolutely nothing to make this property habitable again.
If Meldahl could ignore the responsibilities of home ownership with one house, what would it look like to a larger scale? I asked myself that question and searched the internet and found what I was looking for on the public database. Of the known 80 properties Meldahl owns, he challenged the assessed taxable value of 79 of them last year. This data made its way to the 2009 Applications Heard by the Minneapolis Board of Appeal and Equalization spreadsheet, which is by law, out in the public domain. I gained access of this information via another enterprising NoMi resident who found the spreadsheet on the web. When I saw Medahl’s name appear line after line on the spreadsheet, I knew this was worth taking a closer look. Click on the spreadsheet image below to open it, and then zoom in.
The results of my research reveal a financial atrocity. Negligence, tax evasion, and business miss-management at a scale that’s difficult to grasp. See the spreadsheet above; you can see granular details of each of Meldahl’s properties. For the fiscal year 2010, Meldahl has a property tax liability—that’s just the properties I know of that are in Hennepin country, there’s probably more somewhere out there—of $150,850.66. At this point in time he should owe $0. The due date for the second half of this year’s property taxes was due on October 15th. As things stand right now, Meldahl owes $109,207.87 principle balance of this year’s tax liability; that’s about 72% of the balance that remains outstanding. Of Meldahl’s 80 properties—that I know of—in Hennepin County, Meldahl owes back property taxes on 73 of them. That means that he owes back taxes on 9 out of every 10 properties he owns; incredible.
What about the community side of things? Actually, this is just as bad. Meldahl’s properties have a combined total of 46 confirmed assessments, totaling to about $65,000 in fines from the city of Minneapolis for 2010 alone! Yes, that’s just 2010! There’s more. A lot of the assessments are fines for unpaid assessments from 2009, and that’s a large number as well. The large fines in the thousands are typically boarded up property fees, and vacant dwelling fines. Naturally, this could be resolved if Meldahl bothered to fix his junk shacks and rented the properties out to anybody that isn’t a thug.
Meldahl is so irresponsible that he’s behind on property taxes for the house he lives in. Oh yes, here’s the half million dollar home in Edina, 7409 Hyde Park Drive. I like the cute little red sports car parked in the drive way. I’d like to take a minute to thank Google Map’s Street View for helping illustrate the lifestyle of this crook.
|Steven F. Meldahl's $495,000 house in Edina|
The entire time I’ve lived in NoMi, 1511 22nd Avenue North has been the nasty, empty, burned out wreck that it is today. Meldahl has done absolutely nothing to bring this place back or have it demolished. Upon closer inspection of how the man conducts business the public documents paint a sobering and clear picture; he treats all of his rental property this way. Steven Meldahl is right up there with Paul Koenig; he’s a cancer to North and South Minneapolis. Like most cancer tumors, this one needs to be removed and treated with chemo therapy.
311 complaints have helped to facilitate some hefty fines on a few properties, but now that we know the extent in which the county, the city, and our communities are being abused by this man; it is now clear that we need to take legal action against Steven Meldahl.
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