Key NC senators not thrilled with price reached between state, Raleigh on Dix property deal

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Some key Republican state senators aren't thrilled with new terms between North Carolina government and Raleigh to sell the old Dorothea Dix hospital campus property to the city for it to build a large park.

Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca and recent health budget-writer Sen. Ralph Hise said Tuesday they considered the $52 million sale price a little low for the state. Gov. Pat McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced a tentative agreement Monday following more than a year of talks.

Apodaca says the sale seems to benefit Raleigh-area residents more than state taxpayers elsewhere.

Republican lawmakers balked at an earlier 2012 Dix sale deal by then-Gov. Beverly Perdue. Apodaca says Senate Republicans haven't met yet to decide whether they might try to formally scuttle this latest proposal.

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