Read some of the latest eminent domain news for April 2022:
Texas Supreme Court on track to rule on high-speed rail authority by June
Source: Texas Government Insider
The Texas Supreme Court is expected to decide the future of a high-speed railway connection between the state’s two most powerful economic centers by this summer.
The Texas Central Railway (Texas Central) aims to connect the Dallas and Houston areas with sub-90 minute passenger rail service. However, this plan — developed by a Japanese company with a record of successful high-speed train projects in its country — was brought before the highest court in Texas over issues of eminent domain. The court’s January 11 hearing marked the most recent proceeding in a flurry of legal actions surrounding the high-speed rail proposal.
City to litigate via eminent domain as four owners hold out
Source: Yahoo News
The City of Norman will litigate its right to take property via eminent domain for several easements along Porter Avenue after the owners stopped negotiating with the city.
The council voted 7-2 to take the matter to court during its March 8 meeting, but petitions to take the property did not yet appear on the state court network site a week later.
South Texas landowner accuses government of taking property through eminent domain
Source: KIII TV
A South Texas landowner and his family in Freer own a 648-acre ranch that they had decided to sell. But what began as simple negotiations turned into a nightmare.
When the government offered to buy part of their ranch, The Cantu family thought they would act in good faith. But now, they say the Border Patrol, who is now developing the property, have gone back on the original deal.
Texas Central Delinquent on Property Taxes Owed in Counties Along Proposed Route
Source: The Texan
County attorneys along the proposed Texas Central high-speed rail route assert that the railroad company is delinquent in paying over $622,000 in property taxes.
While the decision by the Supreme Court of Texas in the eminent domain case, Miles v. Texas Central, is awaited, county attorneys along the proposed high-speed rail route have submitted a supplemental letter to the court listing the counties and delinquent taxes for 2021.