THURMONT, Md. (AP) — Thurmont town officials have approved the sale of about 400 acres of land to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the sale was approved in a 3-2 vote Tuesday night.

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Mayor Martin Burns, who opposed the sale, says he questions whether the land could be worth more than the $1.4 million offered by the natural resources department. Burns requested an amendment that would allow him to ask appraisers about the value of the land, which officials also approved.

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State officials say the land would be added to Cunningham Falls State Park. About 80 acres of the parcel contains Thurmont’s reservoir and would be kept by the town.

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