Property Values Spark Increased Response at Lubbock City Hall - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/28/04

Property Values Spark Increased Response at Lubbock City Hall

Mack Allison has lived in his house since 1976. He has watched his property taxes increase every year. But he is fed up with recent appraisals. When Mack opened up his mail this week, he found out the value of his house jumped $6,970 from last year.

"We haven't done anything to the house. We put a new roof on it four years ago and we keep it painted. That's all we've done," he said.

Mack e-mailed Councilman Gary Boren to ask for direction. Actually, a lot of people have. "A cabinet full and that's not counting all the phone calls," stated Boren.

Boren answered Mack with this advice: protest. So he tried, but to no avail. "They just weren't going to do it," said Mack.

Mack was told by the Central Appraisal District that the houses in his neighborhood were selling for more and there was no basis to protest. But Mack feels there is more behind the story. You see, beginning October first, senior citizens property valuations will freeze. "Senior citizens of Lubbock they doubled the taxes so they can get their increase for next year. It's not discriminating, but they're picking on us," he said.

Mack's not giving up his fight. Boren suggests no one should. "This is something people don't do everyday. If it comes down to helping people save money, I 'm going to do everything I can to help them," says Boren

Dave Kimbrough with the LCAD said age is not a factor when appraising property values.

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