Bill aims to ease Balto. Co. land sales


October 12, 2005|BY A SUN REPORTER

Baltimore County could negotiate the sale of some county-owned property without notifying the County Council under a bill submitted by County Executive James T. Smith Jr.

Council approval of contracts for land sales still would be required. But the bill would allow the county to negotiate the sale of certain "surplus" properties without having to notify the council or the public.

The bill, discussed at yesterday's council work session, also would permit the sale of surplus land valued at up to $50,000 without a second, independent appraisal. Two property appraisals are now required for the sale of surplus land valued at more than $25,000.

Shirley M. Murphy, chief of the Bureau of Land Acquisition, said the bill is desirable because it would expedite the sale of surplus property and save potential buyers the expense of independent appraisals.

The council is set to vote on the bill at Monday's legislative meeting.

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