Softening on eminent Domain?

csd_1212@juno.com csd_1212 at JUNO.COM
Fri Jul 22 22:01:53 MDT 2005


See? Only a week into the Supreme Court decision about eminent domain and already they are sweetening their offers...Oh!  Wait!  Only for their "buddies"...(From myrtlebeachonline.com...)

	"Posted on Thu, Jul. 21, 2005 
State doubles offer for official's land
The Associated Press
COLUMBIA - The state doubled its purchase price on a tiny tract of land in order to get Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer to sell property needed for a road project in Irmo.
The state Transportation Department paid Bauer $130,000 for a tenth of an acre after Bauer held out for more money, according to records The
Greenville News obtained under the state's Freedom of Information Act. That higher price came as a highway commissioner and state senator attended a meeting with Bauer and a Transportation Department staff member.
Bauer says he had no special treatment in the deal for buildings and
property bought a decade ago, before he first held public office. Bauer
makes a living buying and selling property.
Bauer bought a quarter acre near Irmo in 1996 for $52,000. He says it is now worth $250,000.
"There was no special treatment, and the sales price I received was far less than I would have accepted from any other purchaser," Bauer said.
"Unfortunately, when the government takes your land, you have no choice but to sell ... even if you're an elected official."
Public officials were aware of who they were dealing with..."

And WHAT VALUE was he paying tax on? 
  (Says $60K in later part of article)



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