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  • $28.7M Oaky Woods deal OK’d; appraisals remain secret

    $28.7M Oaky Woods deal OK’d; appraisals remain secret
    December 13, 2010 --

    State officials today agreed to pay $28.7 million for a 10,000-acre bear habitat in middle Georgia but still won’t release the appraisals used to determine that value. Houston County values the land at $1,165 an acre for tax purposes. The sellers, who paid $1,600 an acre six years ago before the real estate market collapsed, are selling it to the state for $2,875 an acre. Officials released appraisal summaries that say the property is worth that much, but declined to disclose the full appraisals until the deal is closed.