- Hans Weber
- September 29, 2023
Pernink: The municipality in Karlovy Vary sold land significantly below the price
The municipality of Pernink in the Karlovy Vary region sold networked building plots this June for 420 crowns per square meter, which is significantly below the usual price in this area, Radiožurnál found. The mayor’s son and relatives of other representatives or employees of the town hall also acquired plots. The municipality allegedly wanted to support local interested parties. Other applicants from the village also applied for land, but they were unsuccessful. However, the village management did not explain what the council decided on. The case is being investigated by the police and the Ministry of the Interior, Radiožurnál reports on the website.
The municipality set a price of 250 crowns per square meter, which, according to mayor Jitka Tůmová (Pernink our home), is based on the price map, and to that the municipality added the costs of utility networks, which it is now laying in the locality, and arrived at a total amount of 420 crowns per square meter. According to the contacted brokers, the networked plots in this location are sold for 2,000 crowns per square meter.
Ladislav Vetešník, deputy mayor of the Pernink náš domov association, said that the representatives did not want people to buy the land for holiday cottages, but rather local young families. He himself is one of those who acquired the land.
25 applicants applied for nine plots. According to the plan, the council could take into account whether the applicant is a young family with children, or young people with the assumption of starting a family. Preference was also given to applicants with permanent residence in the village. In the case of several applicants for the land, the decision should have been made by a bidding process, but there was not, even though there were more applicants.
Despite the objections of some representatives, the council approved the sale of land to selected applicants in June. The case is not over yet, the sale will be reviewed by the Ministry of the Interior. According to department spokesman Ondřej Krátoška, if the conclusion points to a possible violation of criminal law regulations, the matter will be handed over to law enforcement authorities for investigation. Karlovy Vary criminal investigators are dealing with the case on the basis of a criminal complaint. “Due to the early stage of the investigation into the matter, we are unable to provide any further information,” Jan Bílek, spokesman for the Karlovy Vary police, told Radiožurnál.