This AJC article, (sorry, sorry myAJC) details how Representative Jimmy Pruett got a free building from taxpayers, just for being a good guy. Or some other more nefarious reason.
He apparently bought some land in 1997 for 600k, and then sold it to the development authority for 2.1 million 3 years later. Do y’all not remember the Dodge County land boom where all the property down there tripled in value in three years? Me neither.
Apparently this whole thing came to light when Jack Burnham joined the Dodge County Development Board (with whom the land deals were made) in 2012 and began digging into the transaction. But all’s well because he’s getting removed from office only one year into his term. Want to guess how? That’s right, Pruett got a bill passed. Yay, local legislation!
HB 635 also would allow Pruett and the Dodge County commissioners two immediate appointments to the development authority to replace Burnham and another member who would be required to resign. Both bills passed in the final days of the legislative session and await Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature to become law.
Anyway, back to the land. The Development Board didn’t actually pay him 2.1 million for the land – they just spend 500k to build on it, and then gave it back to him for free to avoid foreclosure*.
* This doesn’t make sense, by the way, but we’ll get back to that when he gets back to us.