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Malheur County leaders mum as appraisal shows land value $1 million less than they agreed to pay

The Ontario office of the Malheur County Economic Development Department. (The Enterprise/file)

VALE – Malheur county officials are paying $1 million more for Nyssa property than it is worth, according to state records.

A private appraiser hired by the county valued the 290-acre parcel at $2.050 million, not the $3.016 million the county has already agreed to pay. That means the county would pay 47% over the appraised value.

The land north of downtown Nyssa is envisioned as the base for a new produce shipping center and an industrial park the county has been advancing for more than two years. The project, meant to cut shipping costs for the local onion industry, would create the equivalent of 16 full-time jobs.

The state records obtained last week by the Malheur Enterprise . . .