Over the last 2 years, Cochise County officials say they have spent $200,000 on cleanup efforts at the historic Miracle Valley property in Palominas.

In March, the Board of Supervisors voted to move $70,000 from District One’s Community Enhancement Funds to help cover the costs for additional clean-up efforts.

This is just transferring that money so it can be used, District 1 Supervisor Tom Crosby said. I dont want to spend anymore money on this then we have to.

Each district supervisor has Community Enhancement Funds built into the county budget. It’s up to the supervisor on how it’s spent. Crosby offered all of his districts funds to the clean up which were then voted on and approved by the board.

During the March meeting, Crosby said that after seeing the property, and it not selling in last year’s auction, something had to be done.

I observed the visible part of the foundation and i saw that it was seriously dilapidated in the biggest building,” he said. “And that begs the question in my view: what about the invisible damage or deterioration

Dan Coxworth, director of development services for the county, says the $70,000 was used to remove trash, septic tanks and a large concrete foundation. He says, so far, the asbestos abatement for multiple buildings has cost the most money so far.

All the work that we’re doing here is for the betterment of the property for auction and for the community that lives here in Palominas, he said.

For years, the property has changed ownership and has not been maintained. Coxworth says by cleaning up the property they hope to attract viable buyers.

“As the owners of the property in order to sell this property, we want it to be in the best condition as possible,” Coxworth said. “So the future property owner has a better chance of being successful.

In October of 2023, the property was part of the county’s Tax Deed Land Sale, but the bidders didn’t provide the money to complete the purchase. The property was listed as “as-is,” but people could see the property before bidding because of safety concerns.

Having this property cleaned up is important, so the new owner of the property isn’t having to spend their capital doing what we’re doing now,” Coxworth said. “We would like to see a new property owner, reinvest or invest in this property and redevelop (it).

He says after this cleanup is done, it’s the Board of Supervisors that will decide what to do next whether that’s more cleanup or putting it up for auction at the end of this year. The supervisors could also decide to have another work session to decide the next steps. Coxworth says more trash removal could be done because the county’s fiscal year starts over on July 1.