|If the hypnotist tells you the value of a property is $4.75 Million, but the appraisal says the same property is worth $18Million, who are you going to believe, the hypnotist or your lyin' eyes?|
Now that the vote at the BCC has been made and by a 4-1 margin, phase II construction will be commencing at OLF X in Santa Rosa County, we are now entering the final stretch toward acquiring, finally, the property in Beulah known as OLF8.
Now, there are still many disgruntled naysayers that are out and about--trying to somehow portray this land swap as a sham, a scam, a "bad deal" and/or an outright ripoff for the taxpayer. There are even people that know better spouting off saying this land is only worth $4.75 Million. This is an outright lie. The property just as it sits was appraised several years back for nearly $18 Million (see the summary appraisal in the two pictures below). The values out here have done nothing but go straight up since this appraisal was conducted--so what is the OLF8 really worth today? Let's just say it is worth more than $18 Million--that is a given, and that is more than we will have expended to get title to this land.
So, to the taxpayers and to my constituents in District 1 I say this: I would not have done the deal the way the BCC did it--and I admit it was sloppy and choppy. I came into office as this project was well underway. But---this property is worth more in just cash value alone as it sits, than what we will end up spending to acquire it. Just look at the appraisal below from several years back. Once we acquire it later this year, we will very shortly thereafter be awarded a massive restore act grant nearly equal to the amount we have spent to acquire this land, and this grant will pay the costs to develop this property. And once the property is developed and infrastructure is put in (at no additional cost to the County's General Fund or LOST fund) and a master plan is completed--what will the value of OLF8 be then, at that time, as an improved 636 acre site? (Hint, a LOT MORE than what the appraisal from several years ago lists)
So please, for God's sake, don't listen to partisans that have personal vendettas against this deal and community leaders who worked to support this deal. These slick talkers would have you look at the actual appraisal I'm publishing below, juxtaposed with what THEY SAY OLF8 is worth, and ask you point blank "Who are you gonna believe---me or your lying eyes!"
Sadly, there are groupies, cheerleaders, and pom-pom girls and boys who believe every word the slick talking haters spew. It is really fascinating to watch how easily some become captivated by the smooth talkers who have managed to perfect the art of manipulating simpletons like miniature Gumby dolls. But on this issue, please, for Christ's sake, put down the POM POMs for a moment, forget what the hypnotist is telling you and look at the appraisal below. Don't allow yourselves to be manipulated--don't be the poster children for Stockholm Syndrome--it makes you look ridiculously foolish. :)