Potential acquisition of a
parcel of real estate commonly referred to as the common
open space for Edgewood East Subdivision in the Lee
Magisterial District, and being further identified as PIN
6889-73-9188 for public parks purposes.
The Fauquier County Parks
and Recreation Department has indicated that it is
interested in the acquisition of the parcel for public park
and trail purposes. Mr. Miller has indicated his
department is committed to acquiring the property.
The present owners of the
property are Charles and Maryetta Jones who developed the
Edgewood East Subdivision. At the time of development this
property was not transferred to a homeowners association
which has since been established. As a result real property
taxes have and continue to accrue on the parcel. The
association is not in a position to take title to a parcel
of property with a significant tax lien. At the present
time, the delinquent real estate tax balance is $30,100.00.
Alvin Henry appraised the
property in 2000 and indicated that the highest and best use
of the property is as a recreational and open space area for
the surrounding subdivision. The County is currently
assessing the parcel at $241,000.
Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:
Options available to the
Board of Supervisors include:
Authorize the purchase
of the property for an amount equivalent to the taxes.
If this option is selected then the Jones’s tax
liability will be discharged in exchange for the
transfer of the property to the county.
Authorize the acceptance
of the donation of the property to the county. If this
option is selected the Jones’s would transfer the
property by a deed of donation and the County would
become the owner of the property. Delinquent real
estate taxes run with the land and the County would own
the property subject to the tax obligation. The County
would then pay itself for the taxes and the lien would
The County Attorney’s
office would proceed to take a judgment on the
delinquency. The property would be sold to pay the
taxes; however, given the limited value that the
property has on the open market there would be a
Take no action.