By: Diane Benjamin
Today I received the documents showing Bill Thomas and his wife “gifting” Union Hall to the Atlanta Library. See them here: Union Hall Gift Deed
There are a couple of problems though. The documents claim the address is 114 Arch Street, the Logan County Assessor’s office has it located at 120 Arch Street in Atlanta. Take the “54” off the PIN number, and the PIN on the documents match the Assessor’s site.
This statement is in the documents:
Another section lists the value of the building:
Keep in mind, only a few short months ago Bill wanted the library to buy it from him for $200,000. Now these documents claim it is worth $155,000 which is supposedly less than the appraised value for property tax purposes.
Also, who did the current appraisal is blank.
It isn’t difficult to prove the first statement wrong. All it takes is looking up the property on the Logan County assessor’s website:
This site says the taxable value is $14,730. Multiply that by 3.33, and the County thinks the total value of the building is $49,051. Yep, that’s less than what Bill wants to write off his taxes for being generous in an attempt to solve his legal problems.
Evidently Library Board President Randy Brooks and Secretary Karen Horn haven’t figured out that everything Bill Thomas says needs checked.
The documents do not give Bill Thomas permission to use the office on the second floor. I hear he was there anyway this morning.
A FOIA has been filed for the rent agreement allowing him to use the office and the appraisal. Stay tuned.