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$78,000 per acre? Karnes County leaders get pushback from public on proposed purchase
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During the August 12 meeting Karnes County Commissioners Court, local residents expressed strong opposition to the idea of the county spending $1.1 million to buy a 14-acre property to be used as a yard and facilities for the county's road and bridge department.
$78,000 per acre? Karnes County leaders get pushback from public on proposed purchase of property
During the August 12 meeting Karnes County Commissioners Court, local residents expressed strong opposition to the idea of the county spending $1.1 million to buy a 14-acre property to be used as a yard and facilities for the county's road and bridge department.
During the Aug. 12 meeting of Karnes County Commissioners Court, local residents expressed strong opposition to the idea of the county spending $1.1 million to buy a 14-acre property to be used as a yard and facilities for the county's road and bridge department.

One person said to send more than $78,000 per acre for the property would be a waste of precious tax dollars when the yard could be built on property the county already owns, or a less expensive site could be found in a part of the county where real estate prices are cheaper.

County Judge Richard Butler said he hoped that the court could work together and reach a consensus together in regard to creating a plan that spends tax dollars in the most effective way possible to fix county roads desperately in need of repair.

After much discussion, a motion was put forward that was slightly different than what the agenda called for.

Instead of authorizing the county judge and either Commissioner Jauer or Commissioner Rosales to negotiate a contract to purchase the property, the court instead voted in favor of having Butler and either Jauer or Rosales begin negotiations with the property owner and then report back to the full court who would later decide whether or not to make the purchase.

See the Aug. 20 issue of The Karnes Countywide for more on this story.
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