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Echo Lake, Montana

  Description: Echo Lake chain is one of several lakes located in the Many Lakes area.The area has lots of wild life and is wonderful recreation area. To find the area go east of Kalispell,Montana or north of Bigfork. The lakes are located east of the Hwy. 83.

Homes in the area will vary from trophy homes to small cabins.There are a number of lesser priced cabins and land that look very attractive until you see they are state leases land. At this time the leases are very costly for most with leases around $10,000.a year. So if you want to have a property on a very pretty lake be sure to determine if it lease land or not! No steals out there!

Judge halts law to cut increases in northwestern Montana cabin leases By CHARLES S. JOHNSON Missoulian State Bureau | Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 6:00 am HELENA – A Helena district judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a 2011 law that reduced potential increases in cabin leases on state lands in northwestern Montana. District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock issued the temporary injunction to stop Senate Bill 409 from taking effect, along with any rules or regulations adopted by state agencies to implement it, until he issues a final decision in the case. “Clearly, the state of Montana is obligated to obtain full fair market value for these leased properties,” Sherlock wrote. “Although there is some evidence to the contrary, the overwhelming weight of the evidence, cited above, shows that SB409 will not result in the state obtaining full market value for its leased school trust lands.” He cited a Washington state court case, referenced by the Montana Supreme Court in 1985, declaring that a trustee must act with undivided loyalty to the trust beneficiary to the exclusion of all other interests and must realize full value for the assets. “Here, the evidence would seem to show that SB409 was enacted with as much an eye towards helping the leaseholders as in getting full value for the state land,” Sherlock said. “This is not acting with undivided loyalty towards the beneficiaries of the trust.” Despite his opposition, Gov. Brian Schweitzer let SB409, by Sen. Bruce Tutvedt, R-Kalispell, become law without his signature because the 2011 Legislature passed it by a veto-proof margin. However, Schweitzer said Thursday both he and his natural resources director, Mary Sexton, made it clear to the Legislature that this law would be thrown out of court. The Land Board has a fiduciary obligation to get full market value on state land leases for the benefit of Montana school children, he said. “These legislators came to town and carved out sweetheart deals for their pals that have cabins on lakes,” Schweitzer said. “God bless someone who has a cabin on a lake. We’d all love to have that opportunity, but you’ve got to pay market value for the land.” Tutvedt called the court’s injunction “regrettable.” The decision sets back the process another year, he said, and many leaseholders won’t be able to afford to pay the higher rates. “We’re treating our customer very poorly,” Tutvedt said. “It’s going to be very hard to earn the trust back off our renters for many generations and many years.” A group known as Montanans for the Responsible Use of the School Trust filed the lawsuit, with the state Board of Regents joining as an intervener, against the state and the Montana State Leaseholders Association. *** The case involves about 800 lease sites on school trust land, located mostly in northwestern Montana, with many used for cabins or second homes. About 800 people now lease cabin sites from the state, at annual rates averaging from $250 to a high of $19,200, with the average lease at $2,600 annually. Many are much-desired sites on lakefronts or streamside properties. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Land Board had raised the lease rates, but the 2011 Legislature came up with the new system. Lease rates were based on a percentage of the property’s appraised value. After the statewide reappraisal of all residential property in 2009, values shot up for many leaseholders. The state was phasing in a system to base lease rates on 5 percent of the property’s appraised value. Leaseholders pay no taxes on the land, but must pay property taxes if they build homes on it. Under state law, they can sell the lease and home to another party. HB409 reduced the minimum rate for a lease to 2 percent of the property’s appraised value. It also set up a new bidding process for leases aimed at obtaining lease rates that reflect the property’s market value. Missoulian State Bureau reporter Charles S. Johnson can be reached at (406) 447-4066 or at chuck.johnson@lee.net.


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