It’s been 24 years, but I still want some answers. When Modesto City Schools took our land to build Johansen High School, the board said they would get two appraisals and pay the higher price. But the appraisals were exactly what they had announced two years earlier that they expected to pay for the land. Yet land prices had doubled or even tripled.
There was a 20-acre peach orchard a mile north of us on Claus that sold earlier for $1 million. They refused to use it as a comparison because the owner said he thought they might have paid him a little more than it was worth.
My neighbors and I got our own appraiser from Sacramento. He went out to the site and saw the land. Several weeks later we were told the appraiser would be down to report what he had come up with. When we went to meet with him the next day, our attorney said the appraiser wouldn’t be coming because he didn’t have time to do the job.
When I asked the school’s appraiser if he was told a price, he accused me of insulting him. I never got an answer.
Donald H. Scott, Modesto