One week before the final week of January, the City of Wharton has had 36 total property owners involved in the acquisition and relocation process.
City Secretary Paula Favors said 13 are being relocated. The rest are commercial or vacant/land only properties.
“We are currently in negotiations with all property owners that have not closed,” Favors said.
In a story that appeared in the Wednesday, Jan. 20 issue of the Journal-Spectator, it explained that the City of Wharton owned some of the property in the West End, and that the land was sold during a public bid.
“The City of Wharton holds in trust and maintains properties that have been foreclosed on for delinquent property taxes. This does not mean that the city owns these properties or owes these taxes,” Favors said. “The city acts as a trustee to maintain the property in question. The city is asking all taxing entities (as well as itself) to forgive the taxes owed on the lot so they can be utilized for the City of Wharton Flood Reduction Project.”
The property located at 1810 Azalea drive was not obtained by the city. It was not sold during public bid so the city became the trustee over the maintenance of the property, Favors said..
City staff has been working with HDR for more than a year on the acquisition and relocation process.