AUGUSTA, Maine—Most of the state-owned properties put up for sale over the past five years have not been aggressively marketed by the state.
That's according to a report presented to Maine lawmakers on Tuesday by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. The report said the state lacks clear guidelines for marketing state-owned properties and in fact has no requirements at all for notifying the public when it intends to sell property.
The office's executive director, Beth Ashcroft, said the review found that only 13 of 49 properties sold in the past five years were publicly marketed -- meaning the state did not actively solicit potential buyers from the public.
Ashcroft did add, however, that in most cases there may have been sound reasons for not advertising the properties.