Decisions coming on appraisal district plan

The Hunt County Appraisal District (HCAD) will soon look to Hunt County’s taxing entities for authority to move forward on a proposal to buy and remodel a larger building.

Chief Appraiser Brent South meets with boards of each of those city councils, school districts and more to explain the plan that is expected to cost between $1,336,000 and $1,436,000. The amount includes $586,000 for the purchase of a former church building located at 3301 Ridgecrest Rd. in Greenville and between $750,000 and $850,000 for its remodeling to meet the district’s needs.

South expects that cost would be lowered by approximately $400,000 by the sale of the current building.

He presented the proposal to the Quinlan Independent School District Board of Trustees and Quinlan City Councils at their meetings in September.

The chief appraiser pointed out he had not yet been able to get around to all of agencies as yet since some of the boards meet on the same nights.

The alternative would be the purchase of land and construction of a new building at a cost of $200 per square foot, according to the district’s proposal.

South told The Quinlan-Tawakoni News the existing building, located at 4801 King St. in Greenville, meets the district’s needs nine months out of the year.

However, he said during the months of May, June and July when the property appraisal process brings 8,500 people through the building, it is a different story.

He said with the growth now underway in Hunt County, the situation “is just going to get worse.”

South points to the limited parking at the current location as well as the building in making the case for expansion needs.

The building proposal states, “Provides additional official space, larger waiting area, additional Appraisal Review Board panel rooms, ample parking and room to grow as Hunt County grows.”

The cost to individual taxing jurisdictions, broken down into annual payments over the next 20 years, includes Quinlan Independent School District, $8,433.76; Boles ISD, $230.04; City of Quinlan, $502.96; City of West Tawakoni, $380.70; and City of Hawk Cove, $120.51.

In comparison, the Greenville ISD annual cost would be $24,981.37. The City of Greenville’s cost would be $11,812.62. The Commerce ISD payment would be $6,172.57, and the City of Commerce amount would be $2,405.73; Caddo Mills ISD, $5,656.19; and City of Caddo Mills, $913.68.

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