Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
One bidder on two county surplus parcels withdraws bid
Spotsylvania County soon will face the most-serious budget challenges in recent history. Home values and the assessments by all accounts should drop by double digits, which means less tax revenue for the county–money that goes to education, public safety and transportation.
Every penny apparently helps. In August, supervisors asked staff to sell two surplus properties in the Governors Green subdivision by the mall. The minimum bid was $85,500 for each parcel. The single bidder is identified as "Mr. Arnett."
Mr. Arnett made the second bid on the other piece of property as a back up if he did not win the first property, which was his top choice. He won the first bid, and he then asked that the second bid be withdrawn. County staff state in a memo that Mr. Arnett made the second bid after staff confirmed that a person cannot roll over a bid to the second property.
Mr. Arnett later withdrew his first bid, saying he would not be able to secure all the necessary financing.
Now, county staff may ask for permission to make changes with the solicitation process to prevent similar situations.