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The Pierce County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of 388 and 420 W. Grove St. in Ellsworth Tuesday. The two houses are south of the fairgrounds.Photo by Jason Schulte

Opportunity? Or waste of tax dollars?

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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.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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