Taos County's lawsuit against the town of Taos over its airport annexation will continue following a ruling by District Judge Jeff McElroy Wednesday (June 26).
The Town Council voted to annex the regional airport, along with a six-mile "shoestring" along the Highway 64 right of way, in March. It hopes to use resulting tax collections to help fund an airport expansion. The county, El Prado Water and Sanitation District and an El Prado acequia sued the town in an attempt to halt the annexation.
McElroy ruled on the town's motions for summary judgment Wednesday, finding that all three parties had standing to bring the suits. County manager Stephen Archuleta said he was pleased with the ruling and hopes the town and county can work together.
Town attorney Brian James said he is "very encouraged" that McElroy's ruling narrows the focus of the case and hopes it moves along quickly. McElroy said he will be looking at whether the statute used to annex is constitutional and whether the town followed the proper steps in its annexation.
For more information, read The Taos News July 3.