Gregg County, Kilgore at standstill over city’s request
POSTED: Monday, November 26, 2012 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 26, 2012 - 8:44pm
Kilgore, TX — 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.
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