Grayson County Commissioners will discuss the possibility of the county joining a class action lawsuit aimed at getting the county money from the federal government on Tuesday. The commissioners’ meeting will start at 10 a.m. at the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman.
The lawsuit to be discussed says the U.S. government underpaid some states and counties for payment in lieu of tax payments on federal land for which the county can’t collect taxes. Kane County in Utah filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to recover its own underpayments and a judge certified the case as a class action suit. A quick look on a federal website for the U.S. Department of the Interior shows Grayson County was paid $146,764 on 57,604 acres in 2015, $148,016 on 57,047 in 2016 and $151,290 on 57,059 acres in 2017. There was nothing in the court’s agenda packet that said how much more the county thinks it should have been paid.
In addition to the payment in lieu of tax suit, commissioners will also discuss:
• authorization to install new cameras at the jail;
• a request from Marilee Special Utility district to do a road bore on JC Maples Road for water line installation;
• consideration of renewal of property insurance with the Texas Association of Counties.
Commissioners will also enter into an executive session to discuss contracts being negotiated with the county.