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.
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.
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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.