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Section 10: Payment and Pay Procedures for Local Government Acquisition

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The local government may exercise its option to perform the required right of way acquisition activities and payments with pro-rated cost reimbursement by the State. Under this program (usually US or SH projects), initial payments must be made by the local government, and State reimbursement is performed according to contractual agreement between the State and local government.

A contractual agreement form, ROW-RM-37, has been developed for this program.

The State must make direct payment to the fee appraisers (1) for appraisals needed for the State's approval of local government recommended values and (2) for fee appraisals where the State determines values by use of the contract waiver provisions.

When the Department orders a new appraisal report (or updated report) at the request of the local government for use in a Commissioners' Hearing, the State should make direct payment to the fee appraiser only if: (1) the approved value is revised on the basis of the report, or (2) the State determines that the appraiser and the appraiser's report will not be released for the local government's use.

If an expert witness obtained for the Commissioners' Hearing is not approved for release (for witness purposes) and some compensable services have been performed before the time of disapproval, direct payment must be made by the State for such services. Payment for the services of technical experts contracted by the State (as necessary to establish values) must be made by the State.

The State must also make direct payment for title information and title insurance.

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