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Dix deal debate: Senator Blue lists the local governments leasing state land for $1

Dan BlueThere were many compelling arguments voiced this afternoon by opponents of the Senate bill to renege on the Dix Park contract. One expecially powerful moment, however, occurred at around the 40 minute mark of this video (you can fast-forward to it) in which Senator Dan Blue ticks off a list of just some of the local governments around North Carolina that are currently leasing large tracts of state land for $1 (i.e. $499,999 less than the City of Raleigh would pay annually for the Dix campus).

The include: Alamance County, Avery County, Carteret County, Guilford County, Hyde County, Morehead City and Yadkin County.

Watch Blue’s entire speech by clicking here – it commences at around the 23:30 mark. 

 

One Comment

  1. Doug

    March 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

    It needs to be a goal in NC to do one of two things: Sell the bloated inventory of land to whomever at a fair market price. The state generally does not need huge tracts of land that are never going to provide value. Or, if they continue to lease land, they need to do so at market rates…that needs to be the policy unless there is some overwhelming factor that makes the cost/benefit weigh out as equal.