Was down in Sargent today looking around and it seems like every other house and vacant lot is for sale in Downey
Technically, any boat that doesn't transit the 3 mile line offshore on a regular basis, will need to provide evidence that there is no one on board, or evidence of a sewage pump out. The days of anchoring out junk boats are numbered. There's enough enforcement to get it done these days, and nearly all harbors offer free pump out service. The liability of any boat on the water without liability insurance, is another issue for the bums that can't afford a slip around here. Personally, I think all boats should be required to have liability insurance. Anyone in their right mind already has it.Thats why you see the old sail boat ancored off across from the old seabrook beach club. Tax free baby.
Your right about the protest, i have tried numerous times WITH good documentation and they pretty much just laughed. It is aggrevating.if it's not your homestead, Matagorda County could care less about your protest. They can raise your taxes annually at will and are not held to the 10% rule.
Same goes for the "beach permit". All the money Matagorda County is getting from the Sargent beach permits go to Matagorda beach. I have had some nice but heated conversations with a few of Matagorda County's finest about the permit and i will admit i have NEVER bought one because i feel it does not go to what it was intended for. Sargent gets the raw end of the deal, just like when the County took over the roads, they don't keep up with anything down there.a lot of it can be attributed to the real estate co. I was told that they had sold a vacant lot up the creek from me for $94,000.00 for the vacant lot, now up the creek can be a long way, but i do know that they have caused the prices to go overboard. Had one call and talk to the wife about buying the lot next to our house which is vacant, wife told her we weren't interested in selling, real estate lady said we didn't have any business with 2 lots and that we should sell, wife told her that we were growing grass on it and that it wasn't for sale. Bad part about all of this is that sargent does not seem to get its fair share of of collected monies for community development.
That's not correct. I appealed my taxes in Sargent this year and they worked with me over to phone instead of making me come in for a hearing. They were very willing to help and in most cases, the property taxes stayed the same this year as they were last year. Two of my unimproved lots showed no change at all this year. My property is in Downey's Caney Creek estates. One main reason for the rise in SOME of the property in Sargent is that it now has a sewer system (not all areas have it). If you check most coastal communities, Holiday Beach, Neptune Harbor, Carancahua Bay association and on and on you have to install septic system. That's a pretty costly endeavor now days. This brings up a reason that you see so many lots for sale in Sargent. Years ago, many of us purchased 2 lots, one for the structure and one for the septic system since one lot was not large enough to install a system that would pass inspection. Now that people have gotten on the local sewer, many of the secondary lots that were purchased are no longer needed and thus, they are for sale. It costs about 600 dollars to have an existing septic system "mediated". I have seen lot owner come and go, but Sargent is a big bang for the buck still, but it might be not be in the future (unless you already own there).if it's not your homestead, Matagorda County could care less about your protest. They can raise your taxes annually at will and are not held to the 10% rule.