Court-ordered appraisals jump price of land acquisition by $750,000



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MT. COMFORT — Hancock County must pay big bucks to buy land for a new roundabout on Mt. Comfort Road, court-appointed appraisers have decided.

Appraisals for three pieces of land at CRs 600W and 300N came in more than $750,000 higher than county officials expected in an eminent domain process. At least one county commissioner says the higher land-acquisition cost should give the commissioners pause.

The roundabout, discussed for several years, has been controversial among county officials and landowners alike. While Hancock County has a federal grant to improve the intersection, stakeholders have been at odds over what kind of improvements should be made.

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