Keep in mind that anyone who lives on that stretch of land has to pay a special assessment. Even if the city purchased the land, those farm owners are still out over $500,000. http://legistar.cityofmadison.com/meeti ... inutes.pdf
Go to item number 7 and click on:
to see how much everyone paid. I don't know how this is included in the budget, but it makes my special assessment seem like nothing compared to some of those land owners.
I was at the public hearing because my road was part of the agenda. When you own that much land you have to hire an attorney to hash out the details when it comes to road construction. I think the negotiations have been going on for a while.
By the way, Crockett, just go away.