Texas Bullet Train Challenged Over Property Taxes

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The hits just keep coming for Texas Central. Now, a number of Texas counties are alleging that the company behind the planned 236-mile Houston-to-Dallas high-speed rail line is behind on property taxes.

The allegation comes as both sides of the debate over whether or not to build a bullet train line through a swath of rural Texas to connect the two metroplexes await the Texas Supreme Court decision on Miles vs. . Texas Central. Jim Miles, the landowner behind the case, has insisted that the company is not a railroad and cannot use eminent domain rights to force Texas landowners to sell their property until the Supreme Court, which heard the case. back in January.

The fact that the court agreed to hear the case at all was a defeat for the company. The Texas Supreme Court had initially refused to rule on Miles vs. Texas Central last June, before overturning that decision in October after Miles petitioned for a reconsideration.

Harris and a slew of other counties that are on the planned bullet train route have now filed an amicus brief in court about more than $600,000 in real estate taxes as of 2021. Ellis County noted in the letter that it had falsely filed Texas Central tax breaks and that was why the company was late with their case. In the other cases, however, the provinces claim that the company has not yet paid.

Texas Central owes Harris County approximately $216,000 for 2021 for the 47 parcels of land the company owns, according to Harris County Appraisal District records. (We’ve asked Texas Central for their opinion on the matter, but so far haven’t received a response.)

The counties submitted the letter to consider the upcoming Texas Supreme Court decision on the case, which may be crucial to the project’s future as corporate officials have long insisted that eminent domain rights are critical to the project’s future. to pull the line together. Texas Central has been talking about its planned high-speed line with shinkansen technology for more than a decade, but the company has faced repeated delays in enabling a 90-minute journey between Houston and Dallas as the backers have worked to raise money for the project .

Although they had announced plans to convert Northwest Mall into a train station in late 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of construction and led to a series of layoffs in 2020. Now people in Texas Central are hoping to get federal funding from President Joe. to get. Biden’s infrastructure bill, as we noted earlier, while also being late paying these tax bills.

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