A state audit shows Georgia quietly funneled millions of taxpayer dollars into two projects in Gov. Sonny Perdue's home county as he wrapped up his second term. The audit found $4 million went toward the purchase of a forestland known as Oaky Woods that's adjacent to property that Perdue owns in Houston County.
The Department of Natural Resources last week recommended the nearly $29 million purchase of the land along the Ocmulgee River to protect bear habitat in central Georgia. Gov. Sonny Perdue said in a statement Monday that final approval of the purchase had been given.
The board voted 11-6 on Tuesday to approve acquiring land it now leases in Houston County from Oaky Woods Properties LLC. Several board members objected to the cost of the deal. Biologists estimate that the land supports roughly 300 black bears, the third-largest population in the state.