Opportunity? Or waste of tax dollars?
When Pierce County bought two houses and land last month, it paid over 10 times the amount the seller paid for the same parcel a month earlier.
The board voted 16-1 April 20 to buy the parcel--which includes houses at both 388 and 420 W. Grove St., Ellsworth--for $360,000.
According to a property transfer recorded March 17 with the register of deeds, Doug and Lori Dodge bought the same parcel from T. Gregory Amann for $35,000. The assessed value of the property is $169,100.