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Some BLM land could go private
From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on October 06 2011, 6:16pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
County, agency negotiate deal to put some land back on the tax rolls
More than 400 acres of mining claims were removed from San Juan County’s property tax rolls in 2009 as the Bureau of Land Management took ownership of Standard Metals claims above Animas Forks.
Another 225 acres of mining claims were acquired last year by the BLM in the Gladstone area and the BLM is poised to take control of several ASARCO mining claims in the Silver Lake area.
Those deals have cost the county several thousands of dollars a year in lost property tax revenue.
But now county and BLM officials are working on a plan to put some land back on the tax rolls.
County Commissioner Pete McKay and Lisa Richardson, alpine ranger for the BLM, last week unveiled conceptual plans for a “Land Rationalization” project and County Land Bank that could put 175 acres of BLM land back in private hands.

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