The 171-acre property is valued at less than $93,000 for tax purposes. Mayor Robert Reichert says the property is worth much more because the state Environmental Protection Division has cleared a study to determine its suitability for a landfill.
Reichert said the $3 million would be a downpayment, but also cover the cost for dirt needed to close the current landfill. The county needs dirt 18 inches deep to cover 120 acres.
But Commissioner Virgil Watkins says it’s “alarming” to spend $8 million for undeveloped land.