Lowball Watch – Missouri

The Missourian newspaper reports the results in a case of taking of 2.6 acres for a highway widening in Franklin County, Missouri. Commissioners awarded $262,500 and the State deposited that amount into court. But after trial, the jury awarded an additional $937,500, for a total of $1,200,000. The owner’s appraiser testified to $945,000, and the owner himself testified to $1,745,000.

The bone of contention was the owner’s position that for fire and safety reasons,┬áthe remainder needed two driveways to be successfully developed, but the taking did away with one, and the State would not consider a redesign.

The DOT lawyer is quoted as saying that an appeal by the State is unlikely.

For the story, go to Bill Miller, Jr., Man Awarded $1.2 Million in Condemnation, The Missourian, December 27, 2011 – click here.

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