and died a short time later at a nearby hospital.
Curry was able to rule out that the Subaru was part of a compensation package for Bellinger. But how it was paid for remains murky.
County Administrator Jim Curry said he was notified by the Sheriff's Office that Kathy Bellinger was giving up the car.
"We believe the 2011 Subaru belongs to the taxpayers of Okaloosa County," Stewart said. "Mrs. Bellinger is doing the right thing by returning this property to the rightful owners."
The Sheriff's Office, which is still investigating Bellinger's misdeeds, declined comment on the return of the Subaru.
"Obviously, we would like to acquire title to it and dispose of it and work toward reimbursement of the losses the county has incurred," Curry said. "What we've got to do is make sure the county can be the legal recipient of that (vehicle).
"It may not have been compensation, but it was probably taxpayer funding," Stewart said. "It is our good faith belief that the vehicle certainly doesn't belong to the Bellinger family."
He added that the car wasn't purchased with "marital funds."
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"The bottom line is we just wanted to do right by the county," Stewart said.
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Kathy Bellinger notified county officials she had no "proprietary interest" in the Subaru, according to an Aug. 6 letter from Crestview attorney Brad Stewart to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
"We can absolutely accept anything of value," he said. Those purchases include a $747,000 four bedroom Destin home bought with a BP oil spill grant, a $710,000 Marquis yacht bought with bed tax money, two RVs, RV furniture, two custom motorcycles and a building lease.
The Marquis yacht, which was previously docked at Marbella Yacht Club in Destin, has been moved to Boat Brokers in Fort Walton Beach. It was originally listed for $649,000, but after it generated little interest, county officials lowered the price to $629,000.
"My assumption is it's an asset she wanted to relinquish to make restitution," Curry said.
Bellinger, 52, died May 4 following a drug overdose. He was found unresponsive inside the Subaru on a remote dirt road in Pelham, Ala., Adidas Energy Boost 2 Online
When informed the county wasn't clear on how Bellinger bought the Subaru, Stewart quipped, "They also didn't know about the $750,000 house he bought in Kelly Plantation."
The Subaru, which is registered and insured in Bellinger's name, is presently located at the county's fleet yard in Crestview. A sales sticker with a suggested retail price of $24,030 indicated the vehicle had been sold by Lee Subaru in Fort Walton Beach.
Curry said the county's attorneys are working with Sheriff's Office attorney Marsha Weaver to determine how and when the county can get the car titled in its name.
Stewart said he was under the impression the Subaru was "part of Mark's compensation package" as a county employee that "somehow got titled under Mark's name."
Brannon said he expects that the money will be funneled back into the tourism development department.
In September, county officials sold the smaller of the two RVs that Bellinger purchased with bed tax money to use for tourism promotions. The 35 foot Winnebago sold for $20,500 at a Montgomery auction, said County Purchasing Director Richard Brannon.
of an off (time), like buying cars or houses or anything. Everybody doesn't have the flexible money they used to have."
Brannon said that amount is about $5,000 more than what the county's fleet manager had expected to get.
No one seems quite certain who paid for the 2011 Subaru Legacy sedan Mark Bellinger drove as TDC director, but his widow has returned it to Okaloosa County.
Stewart said "we tried to look into" the title question, but his efforts were stifled.
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