SALISBURY, MD – Another questionable real estate deal is catching the eyes of Wicomico County taxpayers. Today the Wicomico County Council is scheduled to vote on the acquisition of 23 acres of land for a new transfer station near Allen.
The purchase price for the property is approximately $150,000. However, the price was originally
$250,000 $220,000. The price came down only after the county government was offered nearby parcels at a much lower price. This calls into question the legitimacy of the original appraisal. In addition, there are questions regarding personal ties between the family of the landowners and County Executive Rick Pollitt.
This comes on the heels of the county’s approval of a lease / purchase agreement for new office space for the State’s Attorney’s office. Questions were raised when county purchasing director Rick Konrad informed two bidders that their proposals must meet certain requirements or their proposals would be automatically rejected. The winning bidder did not meet those same requirements.
As in the case of the State’s Attorney office deal, it is expected that the pro-Pollitt majority coalition of council members John Hall, Matt Holloway, Stevie Prettyman, and Sheree Sample-Hughes will approve the purchase.