Title: AP news release. "Audit questions DNR land payments." and "Audit: State paid more than appraised values." 1p.
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Audit questions DNR land payments

asd a.....d s explanations were not documented at the additional expense. $1.4 million, 1.5 million and $2.8 million in
TALLAHASSEE The Department of state level Department officials disagreed inan un- three separate appraisals.
Natural Resources paid millions of dollars The report prepared by the Office of signed, formal response. The DNR and the county agreed to pay
more than appraised value in buying par- Auditor General Charles Lester also said "The department does not feel it has ex- jointly nearly $3 million for the 699 acres,
cels of environmentally sensitive land, that the DNR's Land Acquisition Selection pended public funds for appraisals of land or $1.5 million each.
said a state audit released yesterday. Committee didn't document the reasons that could not have been acquired," the re- State law says a state agency can't offer
", "The department has not clearly denti- for placing certain properties on priority sponse said. "The expenditure of m 685,000 more than the appraised value of property.
fled the reasons for the expenditure of purchase lists for appraisal fees for fiscal year 1984-85 If more than one appraisal is made, the of-
scarce public funds in excess of appraised In other findings, the report said that: represents less than 1 percent (.67 per- fer should be the average of the two cko
value," said the audit, which reviewed land The department unnecessarily spent cent) of the $101,239,865 in total purchases est appraisals.
purchases made between Jan. 1, 1983, and money for appraisals of properties that from the Conservation and Recreational The audit said Pinellas County's justlfl
Aug. 31, 1085. were not likely to be acquired by the state Lands Trust Fund and the Land Acquisi- cation for spending more than the ap-
The audit mentioned four projects in in the near future. tion Trust Fund during the same period." praised value was that the seller relin-
which the state paid $5.5 million more than' Because some properties were ap- The land purchases were made under quished claim of disputed land in the Gate-
the assessed value. praised too far in advance and because in- the CARL and Save Our Coasts programs. way project and the county avoided a
Although there may have been good rea- adequate data was often furnished, many In one instance, the audit said a parcel pending lawsuit concerning ownership of
sons for paying more, the report said the reappraisals had to be made, resulting in of land in Pinellas County was valued at the land.


Audit: State paid more than appraised values

A(I f The Department of Natural were not documented at the state level. in total purchases from the Conservation and
/ L M The report prepared by the Office of Auditor Recreational Lands Trust Fund and the Land Ac-
Resources disagreed with the General Charles Lester also said that the DNR's quisltion Trust Fund during the same period."
IfV audit of its purchases of land Land Acquisition Selection Committee didn't The land purchases were made under the
"au purc ases document the reasons for placing certain proper- CARL and Save Our Coasts programs.
for the state. ties on priority purchase lists. In one instance, the audit said a parcel of land
In other findings, the report said that: in Pinellas County was valued at $1.4 million, $1.5
The department necessarily spent money million and $2.8 million in three separate apprais-
TALLAHASSEE (AP) The Department of for appraisals of properties that were not likely to als
Natural Resources paid millions of dollars more be acquired by the state in the near future.
than appraised value in buying parcels of environ- Because some properties were appraised The DNR and the county agreed to pay jointly
mentally sensitive land, said a state audit too far In advance and because inadequate data nearly $3 million for the 699 acres, or $1.5 million
released Friday. often was furnished to fee appraisers, many reap- each.
"The department has not clearly Identified pralsals had to be made, resulting in additional State law says a state agency can't offer more
the reasons for the expenditure of scarce public expense, than the appraised value of property. If more
funds in excess of appraised value," said the Department officials disagreed in an un- than one appraisal is made, the offer should be
audit, which reviewed land purchases made be- signed, formal response. the average of the two closest appraisals.
tween Jan. I, 1983, and Aug. 31, 1985. "The department does not feel it has ex- The audit said Pinellas County's justification
The audit mentioned four projects in which pended public funds for appraisals of land that for spending more than the appraised value was
the state paid $5.5 million more than the assessed could not have been acquired," the response said. that the seller relinquished claim of disputed land
value. "The expenditure of $685,000 for appraisals or ap- in the Gateway project and the county avoided a
Although there may have been good reasons praisal fees for fiscal year 1984-85 represents less pending lawsuit concerning ownership of the
for paying more, the report said the explanations than 1 percent (0.67 percent) of the $101,239,865 land.





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