Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
The commissioner of the division of capital planning and operations is hereby authorized, subject to the provisions of sections forty E to forty J, inclusive, of chapter seven of the General Laws, to sell at full and fair market value and convey by deed approved as to form by the attorney general to the city of Taunton certain real property, formerly used for mental health purposes, located on Davis Street in said city and known as Lovering Colony for use solely as a golf course or recreational open space. The full and fair market value of the property shall be determined by independent appraisal, for said property's use as a golf course and recreational open space. The inspector general shall review and approve said appraisal and said review shall include a review of the methodology utilized for said appraisal. The inspector general shall prepare a report of his review and file said report with the commissioner for submission to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate chairmen of the joint committee on state administration. Said conveyance shall include easements for the benefit of said property for access, drainage and utilities as deemed necessary by the commissioner, and shall be subject to such additional terms and conditions as the commissioner, in consultation with the department of mental health, may prescribe. Said city shall assume the costs of appraisals, surveys, and other expenses deemed necessary by the commissioner.
The commissioner shall, thirty days before the execution of any agreement authorized by this act, or any subsequent amendment thereof, submit the agreement or amendment and a report thereon to the inspector general for his review and comment. The inspector general shall issue his review and comment within fifteen days of receipt of any agreement or amendment. The commissioner shall submit the agreement and any subsequent amendments thereof, the reports, and the comments of the inspector general, if any, to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate chairmen of the joint committee on state administration at least fifteen days prior to execution.
Before the sale of any state land may be executed the terms and conditions of the sale as appearing in the deed must meet the approval of the state auditor and of the inspector general. The deed shall be deemed valid only if both the state auditor and inspector general find the sale of such land to be in the best interest of the commonwealth.
A copy of the proposed deed for the sale of any state land must be sent by both entities involved in the transaction to the state auditor and to the inspector general for approval.
(a) no sale shall be valid if, within thirty days after receiving a copy of the proposed deed, either the state auditor or the inspector general notifies the respective entities of his objection.
(b) for the purpose of reviewing the proposed deed to insure that it is in the interest of the commonwealth, the state auditor or the inspector general may require by summons the attendance and testimony under oath of witnesses and the production of books, papers, and other records relating to such review.
(c) the objection of either the state auditor or the inspector general shall be final and binding, unless the objection is thereafter withdrawn in writing by the state auditor and/or the inspector general.