This is interesting. Some folks in Gwinnett County are more than a little concerned about a $4.6 million land buy for a “passive park” that is mostly completely underwater and not useable.
“This is about keeping a promise, a promise to my constituents that we would not put any more apartments in the district,” Green said. She says Gwinnett County bought the land so the county could control development and stop apartment construction.
Chairman Bannister, on the other hand, describes the “passive park” as overgrown, under water, and completely unusable. “It is a swampland most of the time. Scrubby trees, not real pretty to look at. We can’t do anything with it,” he said.
“Not everyone has the same view of what a park should be,” Green responded. And not only is the function of the park in question, the bigger question is about how much the county paid for it, and whether it was a waste of taxpayers dollars. “How much do you think the land was worth?” Saltzman asked Chairman Bannister. “It’s worth nothing to me,” he replied.
Records obtained by CBS 46 News show county tax officials appraised the land at $2.9 million just two months before Commissioners voted 3-to-1 to pay $4.6 million for the exact same property.