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Public Law 85-818 directed the Secretary of the Air Force to convey to the city of Valparaiso, Fla., all right, title, and interest of the United States in certain real property at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for use as a public cemetery. The land would be conveyed at fair market value. H.R. 6500 would amend Public Law 85-818 so as to provide that the land in question would be conveyed to the city of Valparaiso in the amount of 50 percent of the fair market value. Costs of any surveys and appraisals necessary to the conveyance of the land would be paid by the city of Valparaiso.
On May 8, 1958, this Department reported to your committee on H.R. 11125, which became Public Law 85-818. At that time, the Department of Defense interposed no objection to the transfer of the land in question without consideration. However, the Bureau of the Budget advised that while there was no objection to the submission of this Department's report, that office was of the opinion that the fair market value should be realized from the conveyance of the property and that such a transfer could be accomplished administratively under the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, if the land is surplus to the needs of the Government.
The Department of the Air Force on behalf of the Department of Defense interposes no objection to the enactment of H.R. 6500 by the Congress.
Enactment of H.R. 6500 would not involve the expenditure of any Department of Defense appropriations.
This report has been coordinated within the Department of Defense in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Secretary of Defense. The Bureau of the Budget advises that while there is no objection to the submission of this report, it is strongly opposed to the enactment of this bill which would accord further preferential treatment to the proposed transferees by authorizing sale of the property in question at one-half the fair market value for which it could be sold for the intended purpose if disposed of administratively in the orderly manner prescribed by existing law.
LYLE S. GARLOCK, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.
CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW
In compliance with clause 3 of rule XIII of the rules of the House of Representatives, there is herewith printed in parallel columns the text of provisions of existing law which would be repealed or amended by the various provisions of the bill:
Public Law 85-818
85th Congress, H.R. 11125
August 28, 1958
To provide for the conveyance of certain real property of the United States to the city of Valparaiso, Florida.
Be it enacted by the Senate and That section 4 of Public Law House of Representatives of the 85-818 is amended to read as United States of America in Con- follows: gress assembled, That, subject to section 3, and section 4 of this Act, the Secretary of the Air Force shall convey to the city of Valparaiso, Florida, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the real property described in section 2 of this Act for use as a public cemetery.
"SEC. 4. Conveyance authorized by this Act shall be conditional upon the city of Valparaiso, Florida, paying to the Secretary of the Air Force as consideration for the tract of land conveyed under the provisions of this Act, an amount equal to 50 per centum of the fair market value as determined by the Secretary of the Air Force after appraisal of such tract. The cost of any surveys and appraisals necessary as an incident "Lots 1 through 8, 10 through to the conveyance authorized 14, 16, and 17, block 16, plat 3, Valparaiso, Okaloosa County, Valparaiso, Florida." Florida, all lying within the northwest quarter, section 13, township 1 south, range 23 west, Tallahassee meridian, comprising a total of 3.67 acres, more or less."
SEC. 2. The real property referred to in the first section of this Act is more particularly described as follows:
SEC. 3. The conveyance authorized by the first section of this Act shall be subject to the condition that the real property so conveyed shall be used by the city of Valparaiso, Florida, for public cemetery purposes only, and if such city shall not use such real property, or shall use it for other than cemetery purposes the title thereto shall revert to the United States, which shall have the right of immediate entry thereon.
herein shall be borne by the city of
SEC. 4. Conveyance authorized by this Act shall be conditional upon the city of Valparaiso, Florida, paying to the Secretary of the Air Force as consideration for the tract of land conveyed under the provisions of this Act, an amount equal to the fair market value as determined by the Secretary of the Air Force after appraisal of such tract. The cost of any surveys and appraisals necessary as an incident to the conveyance authorized herein shall be borne by the city of Valparaiso, Florida.
Approved August 28, 1958.