|What is now the City of Ransom Canyon began June 16, 1964 as the Yellowhouse Canyon Water Control and Improvement District, governed by a Board of Directors elected by the community. The Property Owners Board was also a government entity established by the Deed of Restrictions responsible for many functions now under the control of the City Council.
December 12, 1977, the citizens of the District voted to incorporate under the name of
"The Village of Lake Ransom Canyon."
May 13, 1982, ordinance # 68 dissolved the Water District, transferring all assets and liabilities to the Village.
April 13, 1982, ordinance # 66 was adopted that stated that the population of the Village had reached 625, and, according to Vernon's Annotated Civil Statutes, the village qualified as a Town. Therefore the name of the Village was changed to the TOWN Lake Ransom Canyon.
Resolution # 27, April 10, 1984, verified that an election was held April 7, 1984 that, by a two-thirds margin, changed the name from LAKE Ransom Canyon to Ransom Canyon.
With the incorporation of the Town, a new taxing authority was created. Property Owners now pay taxes to Lubbock County, either Roosevelt or Slaton Schools, and City taxes to the Town of Ransom Canyon. State law provides for the Central Appraisal District of Lubbock County. This District appraises property uniformly, sends out the appraisal roll for all the entities and prints the tax statements for all of the entities. But the City Council has chosen to appoint a tax assessor/collector to collect City taxes. Lubbock County Appraisal District collects taxes for the County and school districts.
Ransom Canyon is a general law city, governed locally by an elected City Council consisting of a Mayor and five Aldermen.
The basic services provided by the city are as follows:
(1) Water and sewer utilities
(2) Police protection
(3) Garbage collection
(4) Building inspection
(5) Volunteer Fire Department
(6) Street maintenance
(7) Animal control
(8) Passing of ordinances to provide a better quality of life without exerting excessive control over the residents in the Canyon.
The City Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Fire House at 7:00p.m.