Texas Supreme Court denies hearing for Friendswood election lawsuit appeal

Friendswood City Council meets at City Hall once per month.

Friendswood City Council meets at City Hall once per month.

The Texas Supreme Court decided Jan. 25 that it will not hear the appeal for a lawsuit brought forth by Friendswood residents against the city.

The case originally came forward in 2016 contesting the results of a May 7, 2016 election that established new sales taxes to fund a street maintenance program and the Friendswood Downtown Economic Development Corporation.

"Unfortunately the city has had to spend a great deal of taxpayer money to defend a really frivolous lawsuit," said Bill Helfand, city of Friendswood's attorney for the case. "There shouldn’t really be any other means by which this would be subject to review."

The case had been brought to the district court, which dismissed the case under summary judgment. Plaintiffs then took the case to the state appeals court, which also ruled in favor of the city in April.

By Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She was promoted to editor in February 2019. Haley primarily covers city government.