4
| Courts |

Dallas Country Club Sues Central Appraisal District Over "Unfair" $15-Million Valuation

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Three years back Realtor Jeff Duffy wondered how in the hell could the Dallas Country Club, more than 100 acres nestled within Highland Park, be worth a mere $10 million according to the Dallas Central Appraisal District: "Do country clubs fall under the church and school categories when it comes to property taxes? Am I missing something here?" Well, yes: As Wick Allison noted in D last year, "The Dallas Country Club is privileged to sit on 118 very valuable acres that are now tax-exempt as real property." Which means, as the HP-home-owning magazine's publisher put it, folks like him "subsidize racial discrimination."

Now, jump to this morning: DCAD's finally upped the valuation of the country club ... to a whole $15 million. Which, it insists, is "an amount in excess of the appraised value required by law," according to court docs I stumbled across on the Dallas County website that were filed not two hours ago. According to Addison attorney Kathleen Donovan, the country club, whose golf course just underwent a major overhaul, protested the valuation back in May, but the review board wasn't having it. Hence, the lawsuit, which reads, in part:

The value placed on the Property represents a value in excess of fair market value. The appraised value is unfair and discriminatory, arrived at through the adoption, application, use and enforcement of a fundamentally erroneous and unlawful plan, method and formula of valuation and assessment.

Plaintiff alleges that the adoption and use of such a fundamentally erroneous and unlawful plan for establishing the appraised value of the Property has resulted in a substantially excessive valuation in violation of the Constitution, Property Tax Code and Statutes of the State of Texas which provide that no property shall be assessed at a value greater than its market value.

Plaintiff alleges that the value placed on the Property is based upon an appraisal method which is antiquated, unfair, and erroneous and which does not take into account all relevant factors and indicators of market value, and that the appraisal so made is void, unlawful and should be cancelled and set aside.

Read the whole thing on the other side.

Dallas Country Club v Dallas Central Appraisal District

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.