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Developer spars with Eagle Mountain over land value

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — A developer is suing Eagle Mountain, accusing the city of trying to steal his land to build utility lines.

Brent Johnson says he and Eagle Mountain officials disagree on the value of a 7-acre swath of land he purchased in 2007 for $52,000 at a tax sale. He says the city should compensate him $366,000 for the property it built power lines on, not the $3,000 the city has recently offered.

"They just sent us a letter within the last month," Johnson said. "Basically, (it) says that if I don't accept the $3,000 and give them the ground, that they are going to sue me for their attorney fees for everything."

City officials aren't saying much, citing an Eagle Mountain policy against discussing pending negotiations or litigation prior to finalization.

"Mr. Johnson purchased a piece of property in Eagle Mountain at a tax sale, apparently never having seen the property," city administrator John Hendrickson wrote in an e-mail to Deseret News. "It is encumbered by power lines, gas lines and communication lines. The 'rest of the story' will either be told in court or after negotiations for the easement are successfully concluded." Original Article

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