Walton County commission pursuing new process for property acquisition

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Walton County commissioners have rejected bids from two real estate professionaIs interested in becoming part of the county government staff to provide guidance on property acquisition as part of a county effort to move away from what had been called a “wild, wild West” approach to considering purchases.

Commissioners on May 10 rejected the proposals, which had been pared down by the county staff from among a number of offers submitted for the work, after hearing from interim county counsel Clay Adkinson that it was difficult to compare the two offers. One of the selected proposals was predicated on a commission-based fee for services, while the other was based on either a flat fee or an hourly rate, depending on the work performed.

“The issue is, ‘How do you rate two entities with different fee structures?’ ” Adkinson told commissioners.

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