Gregg County, Kilgore at standstill over city’s request
POSTED: Monday, November 26, 2012 - 12:15am
UPDATED: Monday, November 26, 2012 - 12:29am
A curious stalemate between Gregg County and one of its cities highlights how and when governments can help each other.
The city of Kilgore is poised to renew land where a decaying, asbestos-riddled former school poses health risks. The city council on Nov. 13 OK’d a letter supporting a private developer’s application for tax-credit status to attract investors for a 60-home, multi-family development on the old C.B. Dansby School site.
In lining up the deal to bring the five-acre tract back on the tax rolls, city officials asked the lot’s other co-owners — the county, Kilgore College and Kilgore Independent School District — for financial help demolishing the building.
The schools were asked to help with the $192,000 estimated cost, and staff members have said they will take those requests to their respective boards of trustees with favorable recommendations, City Manager Scott Sellers said.
The county was asked to provide a road and bridge crew to demolish and remove the building.
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