Former Denton Mayor Suing Dallas Over Tax Appraisal of His One Arts Plaza Condo

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Andreas Praefcke
One Arts Plaza

When last Unfair Park checked in on Mark Burroughs, the then sitting Denton mayor was holding hostage a piece of artwork belonging previous owner of his Arts District luxury condo, socialite Angela Barrett.

Barrett sued the Burroughs for the return of "Vertigo," a Teresita Fernandez sculpture. Earlier this month a mediator informed Judge Carlos Cortez that settlement negotiations between the parties were at an impasse and, as of now, they look set for a February 2015 trial.

See also: Denton's Mayor Bought a Condo at One Arts Plaza, Refuses to Return Seller's $175K Artwork

Burroughs, who was term limited and unable to stand for re-election this year and is an attorney by trade, has decided to put some of his newly found free time to litigious use, as he just filed a lawsuit disputing the condo's $2.175 million valuation.

Burroughs claims that the city of Dallas has unequally appraised his property by valuing it at more than 10 percent more than the median price of comparable Arts District properties and seeks an adjustment to that median of the taxable value of the condo.

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I wouldn't let Carlos Cortez mediate a ham sandwich dispute.

mavdog topcommenter

I'd be surprised Burroughs is suing the City of Dallas, more likely he is suing the Dallas Central Appraisal District.

My memory is the requirement of the Apprisal District to use the median value of similar properties is contained in the State code, good chance he will prevail.


How often do residential appraisals go to a real court?  In my two experiences with a residences, if you have any reasonable evidence on equivalences, the Board gives you want you want.  His case must not be very strong.  He could be an outlier without peer properties, but in One Arts, an outlier would be pretty far out there.


Socialite? Is that a profession?

Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@MikeWestEast  "The Dallas Country Club has been successful in getting the appraisal district to shave more than $15 million off the value of its Beverly Drive property during the past decade through court settlements in six lawsuits."

primi_timpano topcommenter

The rich get richer and the poor have children.


@Sotiredofitall @MikeWestEast  The DCC is not a residence.  I knew corporations go to court because their rules are more complex and no sales figures are available for comparison.  I still think residential lawsuits must be rare.

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