Putnam County Clerk sues City of Palatka, Town of Welaka over proceeds from sale of land

Putnam County Clerk Matt Reynolds is suing the county’s largest city.

Action News Jax learned on Tuesday about a lawsuit against the City of Palatka, the Town of Welaka, and a company named Verona.

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It has to do with some of the money made when a piece of land previously owned by Verona was auctioned off.

That land had a lien on it for not being up to code.

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Fines had totaled around $105,000.

The lawsuit argues how money from the sale -- $53,103.77 in proceeds -- should be used.

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In a news release from the City of Palatka, City Attorney Jane West said those funds should go towards paying off Verona’s old code enforcement lien. The Town of Welaka also has a claim for $1,628.24.

The City of Palatka filed an answer to the lawsuit, which asks in part that the court “decline the Clerk’s argument that Fla. Stat 162.09 imposes a $5,000 cap on code enforcement liens.”

You can read the suit and the city’s response below:

Reynolds Complaint by ActionNewsJax on Scribd

Answer and Affirmative Defenses 3-19-24 by ActionNewsJax on Scribd

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