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By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com
This past month, the City of Milton Georgia purchased a historic home built in 1805 on three acres for $250,000.00. The purchase was paid for by the tax payers and is located at 15690 Hopewell Road.
At the time, an article posted written by Patrick Fox of the Atlanta Journal Constitution titled "Milton buys old landmark for parks system" received over 40 comments; both for and against the move.
Resident Norman B was thrilled with the purchase commenting "The purchase of the property is great news for historic Milton. The council has done well in acquiring this piece of history."
However, the overwhelming majority of those comments were heavily against. "These purchases are so irresponsible and serving some bizarre whim of a few people who are in, in my opinion, the very dangerous position of spending our very limited parks and recreation resources. This cannot continue!!" shared one individual. Another stated "Who pays for the taxes, insurance, electricity and general lawn maintenance for this property? Tax payers of course. When did we ever say we wanted to buy and renovate old houses that fit less than 20 people?"And finally "This is just one more disgraceful, irresponsible use of power by our city officials to satisfy there personal whims. Bring on election day!"
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With such anger from those that pay the bills as well as numerous emails to Accessmilton.com wanting more information and requesting a tour showcasing the "good" and the "bad", we reached out to the City of Milton asking the same - A guided tour, both inside and out, of the tax payers' recent home purchase. Our goal was to give the residents more information as well as a city perspective on this issue. We were told that "Once our FAQ document is done, you are more than welcome to link to it on your site."
With no time table given and with the tract now being owned by all residents of Milton, we took it upon ourselves to go for a visit and video the grounds of this public property ourselves and hopefully answer many of the questions you, the taxpayers of Milton, are seeking.
Going forward, we encourage our readership to continue to point us in the direction they seek for information much like they have done here. Accessmilton.com was created for the citizens of Milton so that their voices may be heard. Always for the people - by the people.