City ready to negotiate with County on ALS property

Scottsbluff City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says the city welcomes the county's interest in purchasing a portion of the former Aurora Loan Services property for a proposed District 12 Probation Reporting Center.

District 12 Executive Director Linda Buehler recommended the 5th Avenue facility to the county board to house the area's probation employees and to provide rehabilitative services that might keep low risk offenders out of jail.

Kuckkahn says the city is ready to negotiate, noting they have a price they want for the building and an understanding on the cost to maintain it "so a sound decision can be made on both sides."

Kuckkahn says the city has decided they won't require the county to buy both the east and west buildings, and will negotiate only for the sale of the east property, the one the county is interested in.

Kuckkahn says the city would benefit because the proceeds from the sale of the building will go into the city's economic development fund and the city would no longer have to pay taxes on the building. He says the county would have a building that has a public purpose, and because of that would not be required to pay taxes on it.

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