Hernandez selling building at center of tax controversy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Hernandez selling building at center of tax controversy

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Councilman Victor Hernandez announced Monday that he is selling the commercial property on which he recently paid late property taxes.  The back-taxes caused a controversy when Mayor Tom Martin called a special City Council meeting last week to discuss the possibility that Hernandez has forfeited his right to sit on the City Council. 

Hernandez indicated he would fight any attempt to remove him from office.

Meanwhile District Attorney Matt Powell is considering a legal request from the city as to whether Hernandez may continue to serve.  Powell's office has not yet returned a call concerning the latest status of the city's request.

The basis for any action against Hernandez would be the City Charter which says, "The Mayor, Councilmen, and other officers and employees shall not be indebted to the City."

Hernandez and his wife owed taxes for multiple years totaling $10,920.26.  The taxable valuation of the property, 1114 10th Street, is $242,717 according to the Lubbock Central Appraisal District web site.

Hernandez' statement is copied below.

RE:       Ralli House to be Sold

Victor Hernandez announced today that he is selling the 13,000 square foot commercial building (Ralli House) which houses his downtown law office.

Hernandez stated, "With our oldest child currently attending college and our second oldest child being a high school senior, it makes sense to continue to streamline our lives."

The Ralli House was built in 1930 and is designated a local historic landmark. The two-story office building comes with 44-45 parking spaces (on four adjacent lots) and is located one-half block west of the Lubbock Police Department. The Hernandez' paid off the Ralli House approximately ten years ago.

Hernandez continued, "My law practice occupies approximately 600 square feet of the 13,000 square feet available in the building. I intend to relocate my law office should the building sell."

In comparison, the building located just north of the Ralli House is also for sale at a price of $950,000, although it is 7,386 square feet in size and comes with approximately five or six parking spaces.

The asking price for the Ralli House is $737,000.

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