Unable to find a taker for either its old Paso Robles courthouse or some land in the Carrizo Plain it is trying to unload, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday postponed the respective auctions until September.
The board was hoping to auction off its former courthouse at 549 10th St, a 3,185-square-foot building that sits on a 15,682-square-foot lot. There are two modular buildings on the site.
The county set a minimum price of $450,000. The list price is $550,000. The county hopes to use the money to defray some of the costs of its new courthouse, which it opened in 2008.
But as of Tuesday, nobody had submitted a sealed bid. Supervisors had little choice but to put the matter off, and they scheduled another auction for Sept. 20.
Similarly, the board sought to auction off 415 parcels totaling 1,052 acres in California Valley. Again, however, nobody submitted a bid.
The county set a minimum bid of $1.9 million. Proceeds from the sale and the addition of the property to the tax rolls would help finance road maintenance in California Valley.
In a staff report, county officials said alternative energy development companies were potential buyers. But none made a bid. The Atascadero Unified School District, the state Resources Agency and the county Parks Department all said in writing that they are not interested.
One California Valley landowner told supervisors he wanted to buy the small lot next to his, but supervisors told him they were “bundling” the land for sale — that is, selling the lots en masse rather than individually.
Supervisor Frank Mecham asked why the county could not “unbundle” the parcels. Caryn Maddalena, real property manager for the county General Services Division, said it is “in the best interests of the county to give ourselves more time.”
Supervisors will try again Sept. 13.