City paying high prices for three homes in two projects - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/6/10

City paying high prices for three homes in two projects

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –  It's a bit misleading, but public records say City Hall will spend $150,000 for property that's listed as $13,866 on the tax rolls.  In all fairness there is now a partially completed house on the property that was not there during the last tax appraisal.  City Council takes up the proposed purchase of 9802 Elkhart Avenue on Thursday.  The property is along sinking dirt at 98th at Elkhart. 

Also on the agenda is a house at 9801 Dover.  City will pay $162,000 plus moving expenses for a house that is listed as $144,411 on the tax rolls.  The city is willing to pay replacement cost and defends that decision as the right thing to do.  The home is owned by Robert and Brenda Langehenning.  Sinking dirt, which is blamed on a late 1990's sewer project, has ruined the pavement along 98th street near Elkhart and it can damage homes.  The city has set aside $1 Million to fix the problem.  

Meanwhile, on a separate but similar note, the City Council on Thursday will consider offering Larry & Joyce Allen $170,000 plus moving expenses for a property that is listed as $88,488 by the Lubbock CAD.  Again, the Mayor believes paying replacement cost is the right thing to do.  The city will use the property at 10304 Milwaukee Avenue to widen the street. 

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