Supervisors support land swap between city, BLM
KINGMAN — Mohave County supervisors on Monday voiced their support for an exchange of land near the Black Mountains for federal land in Bullhead City.
The supervisors voted to support the Black Mountain Range and Bullhead City Land Exchange Act, which was introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar in September. The bill is before Congress.
Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady said the bill would allow Bullhead City to exchange 1,100 acres of land in the Black Mountains for about 345 acres of U.S. Bureau of Reclamation land in Bullhead City.
Brady said he went to Washington recently to meet with Gosar and the staff from U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl and U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s offices and said there was broad support for the bill.
Brady said the land, donated to the city by Don Laughlin about three years ago, is about three miles north of Union Pass and has a two-story log cabin, an underground bunker and a fishing pond on it.
The land in Bullhead City is known as Section 12, south of Community Park near the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce. The swap would allow future development of the land for public recreational use. The land currently is leased by the city from the Bureau of Land Management.
Brady said the Section 12 land and the land donated by Laughlin is about of equal value. If approved, the county would see additional Payment in Lieu of Taxes payments for the land in the Black Mountains.
If passed by Congress, BLM could sell off the parcel with the cabin, which could go back on the county’s tax rolls, Brady said.