A judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that a Community Improvement District had been improperly implemented in a portion of Houston.
Circuit Judge William Hickle issued an order that dismisses a lawsuit filed by an Upton man, George Sholtz, who took action against members of the Houston City Council and clerk. Later, members of the Texas County Commission joined Sholtz in opposition to the effort to establish the district that levies a quarter-cent sales tax for completion of a surgery center at Texas County Memorial Hospital. The districts, established by state statute, are in place throughout the state, including five at West Plains. The Houston district will include Houston Walmart Supercenter, Do-It Center, Dollar General and Orscheln Farm and Home.
Hickle heard arguments on the issue Jan. 8 at the Texas County Justice Center. Joining Sholtz in appearing before the judge were attorneys Brad Eidson, City of Houston; John Hammons Jr., representing the county hospital; and Parke Stevens Jr., Texas County Commission.
In the ruling, Hickle sustained a motion to dismiss the lawsuit and denied all other motions as moot.