The city should abandon plans to buy a
“This purchase is suspect in good economic times,” Alford said.
“However, in today’s economy, the taxpayers of Bristol can no longer afford the pipe dreams of our local elected officials,” she said.
City leaders plan to consider the purchase of the
Mayor Art Ward said the city hasn’t made a decision to buy the property. The purchase is “not cast in stone” and will be looked at carefully.
Ward said he trusts the three-person Real Estate Committee, headed by veteran Democratic city Councilor Frank Nicastro, to recommend the right course for the city.
Though Alford said the city should “rescind its offer to purchase” the house, Ward said the city hasn’t made an offer. It is merely considering the possibility, he said.
‘There’s never been a vote to buy it,” Nicastro said.
The issue grew more complicated with the recent revelation that an appraiser this year pegged the property’s value at $175,000, some 20 percent less than the price a judge told the Bevivino family to sell it to the city for.
“Would you pay $43,000 more for a piece of property that your ultimate goal was to tear down in the end?” Alford said.
Ward said that city officials are reviewing the price and the judicial order.
Nicastro said the new appraisal was never brought to his committee’s attention. He said the family needs to work out what it wants to do next.
Nicastro said his committee has, with full support from Republican city Councilor Mike Rimcoski, pursued the property because it’s needed for a long-term effort to beautify the historic
“This has been in the planning stage for years,” Nicastro said.
Alford said that in general, the city “should not be in the real estate business.”
She said the city needs to sell property it owns that’s not in use in order to replenish the rainy day fund “and put these properties back on the tax rolls where they belong.”
Nicastro said that Alford “doesn’t pay much attention to what we’ve done” in recent years.
He said the city has sold more than $700,000 in surplus property in the past two years and is having a hard time finding anything else it can sell.
“We’re running out of surplus property because we’ve sold so much of it,” Nicastro said, adding that Rimcoski has been a strong supporter of the effort.
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