The Douglas county board is driving the bus in the purchase of the greyhound property. A resolution confirmed the purchase offer for the 16th and Jackson bus station.
Fact Finders first reported that Omaha businessman Pat Venditte thought he had bought the bus station but lost out to the county in a second round of bidding.
The county refuses to reveal a purchase price before closing. So Venditte told the county board that taxpayers have a right to know how much the county raised the stakes to outbid him.
Pat Venditte, Omaha businessman said, "Maybe the second bid going to a half a million. But not knowing what that first bid was I’m a little bit suspect."
County Commissioners said the handling of the purchase has been above board. PJ Morgan said, "If we made an offer on a property we're looking at what the value is, we're not going to try to steal it we're going to buy it a good price for the taxpayer"
The jail is near by so the county plans to use the Greyhound property to expand the corrections campus. No decision yet on whether the bus station will be torn down.
Closing is expected this fall and buses will operate until then