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April 4, 2013

County looking to sell surplus properties


The Baldwin County Commissioners discussed surplus property sales, a summer pool lease, and the need for future financial goal planning Tuesday.

• Surplus property tax sales upcoming

Baldwin County acquired at least 50 properties under tax sales. The county commissioners discussed the future of these locations at this week's meeting.

“These properties really need to be bringing in some tax revenue instead of just sitting there,” said Ralph McMullen, county manager.

Currently, the properties are divided into regular and judicial sale categories. The judicial sale group, totaling 40 percent of the list according to county attorney David McRee, can be sold immediately.

“The county has good enough title on those properties to go ahead and sell them now,” McRee said. “Those are ready for you to do whatever you choose at this point.”

Those within the regular sales area require a different procedure yet to be determined by the county.

Sammy Hall, District 3, mentioned possible land banking of the assets.

“We could put all those together and make a land bank that could be used for future development, whether it's a subdivision or an industrial area depending on where it's located,” Hall said.

All county officials present agreed there are pressing maintenance issues because the properties centered in the Oaks and Preserve at Meriweather areas are not getting road patching, ditch maintenance or grass cutting.

McMullen said state law prohibits the use of county manpower or spending to service those “private roads.” He added the county is working through the ownership conundrum and hopes to get the item on the work session agenda for Monday, April 15.

“The developer went bankrupt before these roads and right of ways were transferred to the county. We are getting calls and work orders on a regular basis. Those roads are not technically county roads,” McMullen said Tuesday.

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