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UPDATE: State owns $14 million building after all

by Dara Kam | December 7th, 2009

An error in St. Lucie County Property Appraiser Jeff Furst’s database caused confusion over whether the state ever took title to a $14 million building it owns in Ft. Pierce.

Furst told a Senate committee this morning that his records showed the state had never transferred the title from the City of Ft. Pierce, which gave the land to the state in 1988.

The state actually took ownership of the property in 1989, according to the Department of Management Services.

Senate budget chief ordered DMS officials in January to create a database of all state-owned properties – more than 17,000 buildings – so lawmakers could consolidate workers and possibly save money on expensive leases.

DMS has not been able to do that yet and wants to hire a private vendor to help create the database.

Furst told Alexander’s Ways and Means Committee that the task should be simple: all of the state’s 67 property appraisers submit a list of all the properties – including those owned by the state – and their values to the Department of Revenue each year.

Furst’s records should be updated tonight to show that the state has taken ownership of the building, DMS spokeswoman Linda McDonald said.

“This is a good example of why this is a big important job because different databases need to be kept up to date,” she said. “We want you and your readers to understand that we have always known where of our buildings are. That’s never been the issue. The issue has been getting this complete data set that provides valuation for those properties.”

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One Response to “UPDATE: State owns $14 million building after all”

  1. whasup Says:

    The fact is that it never occurred to the bureaucrats in the state’s property management agency to create a list of what the state owns. How dumb is that?

    And they want to hire a vendor to create a database, when a single person with sense and brains could maintain all of that in an off the shelf piece of software the agency already owns. How stupid is that?

    All these people know how to do is contract out for other people to be responsible for a thing, rather than some state bureaucrat. How typical is that?!

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