Jacksonville city manager: Property auctioned without consent

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 4:18pm

Jacksonville, Tx (FOX 51) — Confusion has engulfed the sale of Lon Morris college this week. Several properties were allegedly auctioned off by Ameribid, the company handling the sell, that were not to be sold, rather handed over the city of Jacksonville.
According to Jacksonville City Manager Mo Raissi, the rodeo grounds, a recreation center and a practice field were bid on and won by Jacksonville-based office supplier 11 x 17 Inc. He claims real estate auctioned by AmeriBid must have approval of city management, but they never gave approval to the auction company for those properities.
Though the real estate has not technically been sold,-- it is scheduled to be finalized February 4--  the winning bids were announced Tuesday.
AmeriBid Spokesman Carl Carter responded to FOX 51 via phone.
"All [AmeriBid] did was let people bid on it. Nothing is sold until February 4, unless the city wants to sell [the property]. All we did is generate an offer for a property the city wanted sold. [The City of Jacksonville] doesn't have to take it," said Carter. "This was a unique situation, a unique sell with different lenders involved. Everything was done with everybody's knowledge."
Lon Morris, the oldest junior college in Texas, filed for bankruptcy back in July 2012.


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