Judge Griffin ruled in favor of City of Lewiston has the right to continue to collect URA tax dollars

Judge Griffin ruled in favor of City of Lewiston has the right to continue to collect URA tax dollars »Play Video
County prosecutor is going to review the transcript before making any further decisions.
LEWISTON, ID - A battle between the City of Lewiston and Nez Perce County over tax money that's being directed toward city development projects is now over, at least for now.

KLEW News takes you to the court room to learn more about the fight over tax dollars.

The Urban Renewal Agency will continue to receive money despite resistance from Nez Perce County. That decision was made by Judge Michael J. Griffin Tuesday morning in Second District Court.

"It's my opinion that the statute is clear," said Second District Judge Michael J. Griffin.

The City of Lewiston and Nez Perce County each argued their positions for the Judge. Nez Perce County Prosecutor Dan Spickler contended tax dollars the URA is collecting should go to the county. The money is associated with the North Lewiston and Nez Perce Terrace Projects that are already complete. The county argued the original plan called for closing each tax area once the projects were paid off. But the city disagreed.

"Their decision on this is discretionary," said Spickler.

"If the county was concerned about the adoption of the budget by the agency which is apparently what they're concerned about, that should have been done by virtue of a declaratory judgment or some other relief that they sought," said Lawyer representing City, Ryan Armbuster.

The judge ruled the URA that is run by the City of Lewiston has the right to continue to collect the tax dollars, despite projects being completed."

Prosecutor Dan Spickler said the county is going to review the transcript of Tuesday's meeting. They want to better understand the judges ruling before making any further decisions.