County to accept sealed bids on annex
Moffat County will take another shot at selling the courthouse annex.
The commissioners voted Tuesday to accept sealed bids on the property at 200 W. Victory Way.
County Budget Analyst Tinneal Gerber said Wednesday the county will advertise the building in the next few weeks. The advertisement has to run for 30 days.
After 30 days, the county will open the bids and determine which offer is best.
Bids can be mailed to the county courthouse.
Gerber said offers don’t have to be set in stone and can be negotiated after the commissioners review the bids.
The county tried to sell the building last month at an open auction, but no one met the $252,377 minimum bid.
The commissioners decided Tuesday not to require a minimum bid for the annex, but said they don’t want to sell the annex for less than it’s worth.
“I would hate to see us sell it for less than the appraised value,” Commissioner Tom Gray said.
The commissioners can reject bids that fall short of the appraised value.
“If somebody bids just a little bit under, we would have a decision to make,” Commissioner Darryl Steele said.
Commissioner Saed Tayyara said he wants to get the property on the tax rolls as soon as possible.
“I think it’s going to deteriorate month after month,” Tayyara said.
Selling unused county property was one of Tayyara’s campaign promises.
If none of the bids meet the commissioners’ requirements, Tayyara said they will entertain other options, including leasing the property with an option to buy.
The annex was built in 1976 and has housed a variety of tenants, including a fast food restaurant and the county commissioners’ offices.
The most recent tenant was Colorado Northwestern Community College, which leased the property from the county until earlier this year.
Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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