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Dickinson County to sell buildings – Auditor, DHS offices on the auction block

By Staff | Feb 6, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE — With all Dickinson County departments now housed beneath one roof at the new courthouse in Spirit Lake, the former office buildings of the auditor and Department of Human Services will soon be up for public sale.

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, the supervisors announced they would sell the two buildings on March 4 at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of the new courthouse. Perspective buyers will gather to make bids on the former Auditor’s building at 1817 Hill Avenue and the former Department of Human Services building at 1910 Gary Avenue. The sales will be sequential, with the auditor’s building to be marketed first.

The supervisors said they would not accept bids less than the appraised values of the two buildings. The 1,955 square-foot auditor’s building is appraised at $115,000 and the 5,208 square-foot Department of Human Services building is appraised at $250,000, according to assistant county attorney Lonnie Saunders. Copies of those appraisals are available at the auditor’s office at the new courthouse.

Terms are 10 percent down at the date of the sales, with closing on the properties within 45 days thereafter. The supervisors retain the right to refuse all bids. Proceeds from the sales of the buildings will go into the county’s general fund. Supervisor Pam Jordan said the board may choose to establish a maintenance fund for the new courthouse with the building sales funds.