County to pay $5 million for jail expansion land

WILMINGTON -- New Hanover County is in the process of buying more land to expand the jail in the future. The county is paying more than $5 million for the land -- way too much according to some. According to the 2007 tax appraisal the land the county is buying is worth half what the county is paying. The property located right next to the jail on Blue Clay Road is appraised at $2.25 million. The county is paying $5.1 million for the land. New Hanover County tax appraiser Bob Glasgow says he determined the land's selling price after comparing the land to prices of other properties for sale surrounding the one the county plans to buy. Glasgow said, "I think because of the need and the location, and looking towards the future I think this is probably a very wise move." The county plans to use the property to expand the jail in the future. The county may also build offices for public defenders which will soon be required by the state instead of court appointed attorneys. Glasgow said, "I think because of the need and the location, and looking towards the future I think this is probably a very wise move." The county plans to use the property to expand the jail in the future. The county may also build offices for public defenders which will soon be required by the state instead of court appointed attorneys. The total size of the property is about 104 acres, with each acre costing the county about $55,000. County commissioners say the price is final and they are just waiting to sign paperwork to make it official.

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"No no no no! Let me pay you more than you're asking!" Why would the county offer that amount? Even if Glasgow believed that the property was worth that much, where do his obligations lie? To the county! Why would he recommend that the county offer that much money? He could have advised the bvoard in private that $5.1 million was the cap, but to advise them to offer that much, outright? It has absolutely nothing to do with how much we need that land or how wise a purchase it is - the commissioners and Mister Glasgow had an obligation to the taxpayers of this county to purchase the property for the lowest price possible.... ...but then, where would the money for the kickbacks come from? This county's leadership is either blatantly corrupt or incompetent beyond description.
YOU CANNOT have it both ways...if the county wanted this land they could have TAKEN it from the owners. Then you guys would be on here complaining about that. I think that ANYTIME the government acquires land they should pay market price, plus a percentage above that, PLUS sentimental value. You wouldn't like it if the county just took what you had would you?
That payment must be at fair market value. They can't "take" anything; they can only force a sale. In fact, they could have invoked eminent domain and purchased this property at a price far lower than $5.1 million. So this story still stinks. The commisssioners spend money like drunken sailors on shore leave after a three month cruise. I stand by my words - they're either crooked or incredibly stupid.
Maybe their first consideration is what it will put in their own wallet.
Why not use the jail that is sitting unused at 4th and Market?
New Hanover county wastes more money than any other county. why over pay for land. twice the vaule. Now you know how your tax dollors are spent. WASTED you should have put the other 2.5 mil. into something to benfit the county. Helping homeless, or fixing the streets, you have nuts on the county board all the are looking out for Is themselfs. Bad Spending causes higher taxes. STOP WASTING OUR TAX DOLLORS!!!!!!!!!!
I wonder whose "buddy" owned the land? Some friend or family of a commissioner? I always heard "Follow the money" if you wanted to know the truth.
How in the world do you justify needing room for expansion when the jail sits on a county 230 acre site? What sort of jail we going to have? This is land that will be used to relocate the courthouse and used to help the Trask Family's (TF Holdings) scheduled Blue Clay Farms development (recently rezoned) to sell condos, tract houses and offices on their 1000+ acres just across Blue Clay Road. (with DOT approved interchange off the outer loop) This property the taxpayers are buying is $700,000 to $1.3 million over priced. Just ask Nathan Sanders who holds 100 acres just north of the Jail's 230 acres. He paid over a million and a half LESS for his 100 acres. (and his property has trees! The Burton property is a dirt field)
AS TO THE JAIL, THIS COUNTY NEVER DOES ANYTHING THAT MAKES SENSE. WE OUGHT TO KNOW THAT THIS COMMUNITY HAS SOME BAD CHARACTERS WHO LOVE TO BE ARRESTED AND LOVE TO OVERCROWD THE JAIL, SO WHY DID THEY NOT SEE THIS COMING?? AS TO NATHAN SANDERS, THIS GUY GETS AWAY WITH ALL TYPES OF UNDERHANDED DEVELOPMENT AND HE HAS THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MESMERIZED. HE HAS DONE SOME SHADY DEALING IN THIS COUNTY AND HIS BUDDIES, THE COMMISIONERS,GO ALONG WITH IT.
Things are just going to get more expensive down the road in that direction. Buying land is rarely EVER a loosing proposition unless you find out there is some sort of cleanup involved after you buy it.
Wow! You would make a great real estate agent. Can you sell my house to the County for twice the County appraised value???
But the county can come take it for nothing...would you rather them do that than to shell out money for something they most likely would have TAKEN from the guy down the line?