Dec
15

Florence County Council Questioned Regarding Acquisitions

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 Florence County Council moved one step closer to acquiring land for the site of a new judicial complex, but one county official is crying foul, saying the government grossly over paid for the recently purchased property.

Florence County Treasurer Dean Fowler said that according to tax documents and other county records, the county council authorized spending more than $1.9 million on six properties located along Irby Street and N.B. Baroody Street in Florence valued at just under $130,000.

Fowler claims county council wasted tax payer dollars purchasing the land, pointing to the latest transaction where council shelled out $541,443 for a parcel on N.B. Baroody Street that tax documents value at $45,600; however County Councilman James Schofield said the county has actually saved tax payer dollars by negotiating for properties like the N.B. Baroody parcel and that Fowler’s argument is fueled by misleading figures.

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