March 7, 2009
The Commercial Dispatch has a very good Web site showing the location, asking price and photos of the proposed sites for the new sports complex. There is a need for the "Sportsplex" but at what price. The sites have an asking prices ranging form $3,400 to $28,000 per acre. The photos show the sites are swamp land or at best in a flood plain.
The Burns Bottom tract is located near the downtown area; it would be a good idea to place the complex in this area and I''m sure the landowners would be willing to dump this property on the Recreation Board for the right price. However, this land would need to be raised at least 10 feet to get it above flood stage. Has anyone considered the cost of the dirt to accomplish this task? If this property is filled in, what effect would it have on the property along the Riverwalk?
I picked the Burns Bottom because it is one of the cheaper properties but all of them have low elevation problems. The asking price of most of the property is ridiculous. The property owners are saying that their parcel of land is worth the asking price; therefore this is the fair market value and it should be taxed based on the fair market value but I would bet it is taxed at a fraction of the asking price. I see no reason why the taxpayers of Lowndes County should give a bailout to these property owners.
If we are to buy swamp land, let''s buy the property from the Corps of Engineers, it is the cheapest, it''s 156 acres and it floods just as good as the other properties.