Less than two years ago, you may remember the residents who lived inside the purple house on Indiana Avenue started a petition. The problem with that petition was the people who signed it, where not registered voters.
Texas Tech's Student Government Association will begin a big push on and off campus to get as many registered student voters in Lubbock. They believe this is the key to repeal the city's housing ordinance. They're brining in leaders who have experience, like Libertarian David DeLamar who headed up the repeal for the smoking ban more than a year ago. "We're going to bring in other colleges, like South Plains College, Lubbock Christian University. Bring in other groups from Lubbock, like citizens for private property rights," said DeLamar.
This process is happening due to the purple house. It's painted purple again because the city has handed over a citation to another batch of students. More than two unrelated people live there. City codes says they got a complaint call for partying and parking.
Lubbock City Councilman Gary Boren says the ordinance helps maintain peaceful neighborhoods, especially in Tech Terrace. "We don't want absentee landlords that don't take care of the property. They're just doing anything for a quick buck at the expense of neighbors," says Boren.
But SGA's Vice-President Colton Batchelor says the ordinance is too restricting. "I mean tuition is going up at Tech, students need to have a lower cost option to live in," said Batchelor.
Austin and College Station are two cities we found that allow 5 to 6 unrelated people to live in the same house. The SGA will begin signing up students for voting soon and they will start their petition next spring. They hope to hold a special election next fall.