Report: California taxpayers may be getting fleeced by unreliable system to appraise sales price for park and open space land
|by Paul Rogers,
San Jose Mercury News,
October 23, 2007
Yet taxpayers may be getting fleeced because state agencies do not have a reliable system to figure out the fair market value of lands they are buying.
That’s the conclusion of a new report from the state’s non-partisan watchdog agency, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Echoing the findings of Mercury News stories published over the last five years, the agency, known as the LAO, concluded the Department of Fish and Game and other agencies keep too many documents secret when they buy land and do not have consistent standards to ensure the public is paying reasonable prices…
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