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Paris City Council denied the request of Lamar County Appraisal District to purchase the old People's Bank less than 15 minutes into the council's 5:30 p.m. meeting.
The Chisum ISD Board of Trustees also unanimously declined the request after meeting briefly this evening in executive session.
Also this evening, Reno City Council voted in favor of the purchase.
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.
In the coming weeks, Lamar County Appraisal District will be 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.