PATTONVILLE — The Prairiland ISD Board of Trustees have sided with Paris City Council and Chisum ISD in voting against a request from the Lamar County Appraisal District to purchase the Peoples National Bank building in downtown Paris.

The trustees handed down the unanimous decision Monday evening during their monthly meeting. Paris ISD's Board of Trustees also was scheduled to meet tonight and to discuss the matter, but because of a lack of a quorum, the meeting was postponed. 

Reno City Council voted in favor of the request last week.

A need for additional staff and a more taxpayer-friendly office to keep abreast of changing times has prompted the need for a larger facility, according to Lamar County Chief Appraiser Jerry Patton.

The Lamar County Appraisal District is asking the 12 jurisdictions it serves to approve the purchase of the downtown Peoples Bank Building at the corner of 1st Street SW and Grand Avenue, plus a parking lot to the west, at a cost of about $650,000.

Patton previously explained each of the 12 taxing entities served by the appraisal district pays a percentage of the district’s annual budget based on tax revenue. Included are the cities of Blossom, 0.3596%; Deport, 0.1572%; Paris, 13.9297%; Reno, 1.0764%; Roxton, 0.1533%; Honey Grove, 0.1449%; in addition to Lamar County, 19.8420%; and school districts Chisum, 18.2129%; North Lamar, 18.7684%; Paris, 17.0294%; Prairiland, 3.8196%; and Paris Junior College, 4.2949%.

Three-fourths of the jurisdictions must approve the purchase price plus closing costs and agree to long-term financing.

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at mary.madewell@theparisnews.com.

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