Auction of court-controlled land planned in FLDS towns

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jan 14, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — A huge auction of court-controlled land in the polygamous border towns of Hildale and Colorado City is planned for next week.

More than 70 properties and nearly 1,000 acres is slated to be auctioned to the highest bidder, pending court approval.

“Includes: a meat packing plant, inactive dairy, farm store, several warehouses, fire station, nursery/greenhouse, unoccupied & unfinished homes, raw acreage, vacant residential & commercial building lots and other similar properties,” Aaron Shelton of Statewide Auctioneers said in a recent email to FOX 13.

The auction would pay bills owed to the court-appointed fiduciary for the United Effort Plan Trust, which controls most of the land in the FLDS towns. The UEP was taken over by the courts nearly 10 years ago over allegations that FLDS leader Warren Jeffs and others mismanaged it.