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By Lou Marzeles

Hill: BPA sends out final ‘ultimatum’ letters


Rebecca Gourley

ON THE LINE: Harold Hill looks over the map for the BPA’s new Big Eddy-Knight transmission line Tuesday.

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has issued letters to Klickitat County landowners telling them they can accept a final offer of about $1,400 per acre for easement rights or face condemnation by eminent domain.

“It gives us no more room for negotiation,” says Harold Hill, Goldendale resident and a former PUD commissioner for some 30 years. “I’m very upset about this. They’re just rolling right over us.”

Doug Johnson, a spokesman for BPA, says that’s not the case. “We did make offers based on fair market value appraisals,” he told The Sentinel yesterday. “A month or two ago, we actually went above and beyond that fair market value for 19 property owners. Only t...

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Reader Comments

rzornes writes:

What is fair market value? Only when a willing seller and buyer reach an agreement is fair market value achieved. Fair market value is a myth when the opposing party has the right to condemn your property based upon comparable sales. However; if BPA condemns, the landowner can argue in court for a value based upon “highest and best use.” Often a huge difference. Sometimes severance and overburden claims can double the award. You work too hard to own your own land. Don't give in to a bully.


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