The Lamar County Appraisal District is seeking approval from its 11 served entities to purchase the Peoples National Bank building in downtown Paris for $625,000, citing the need for more staff and a facility more conducive to taxpayer privacy. Opponents say parking there will pose a problem, and there are concerns the historic building will be a "money pit." Should Lamar County Appraisal District buy the building?
Odds of Lamar County Appraisal District moving into downtown Paris decreased substantially Monday when two of the 11 entities it serves voted against a proposal to purchase the Peoples National Bank building at the corner of 1st Street SW and Grand Avenue.
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 plans to pay $625,000 for the purchase of the downtown People’s Bank building at the corner of 1st Street SW and Grand Avenue, if the tax appraisal entity gains approval from the 11 jurisdictions it serves.
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The Lamar County Appraisal District should fully research its options for growth, select the least expensive one that will meet its needs and a backup, then fully educate the entities it serves before handing them a proposal and saying please.
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