Posted: May 16, 2013 3:52 PM by Jamie Leary
BOZEMAN - The City of Bozeman and Gallatin County have hit a roadblock in negotiations for the future of the Law and Justice Center.
"They said, ‘Well this isn't going to be our land, it's going to be county land. We're going to share with you guys, so we're going to fix up the parking lot, and oh by the way, the money we spend on the parking lot we're going to deduct from the purchase price.' I mean, if we don't sell the land to them, we don't have to spend a dime," Gallatin County Commissioner Steve White said.
The county had the land appraised at $1.4 million. The city is offering to buy it for $100,000.
According White, state law says they are not allowed to accept an offer that is less than 10 percent of the appraisal price.
City Manager Chris Kukulski says it is not in the city's best interest to purchase it for the price offered because of the additional expenses they would need to put into it. Kukulski says the city is considering a parcel of land on Oak Street for the police department.
"Their counter was, no, you need to pay $1.4 million and then we would need to make the upgrades. The other $600,000 were just costs that we need to have incurred, so for us, the net effect of that would be over $2 million for ownership of two acres," Kukulski said.