Texas district suing city over police substation present on district property – asking to order city to pay rent or vacate premises
KRGV.com reports that Rio Grande City Consolidated Independent School District (RGCISD) has filed suit against Rio Grande City over the presence of a police substation on school district property. RGCISD asserts that the city should either pay rent or vacate the premises. The city counters that it should not have to do either.
Currently, the city pays only $1 a year. Mayor Joel Villarreal said the agreement was made between the city and the federal government 12 years ago. The U.S. Border Patrol transferred the lease it had with the school district to the city on the condition they use the property for law enforcement purposes.
Villareal says the 2004 document shows that the city and the school district have a long standing agreement. He added, “So now coming to today, why should I agree to pay $3,000-$4,000 a month where I have this property for a dollar? It just makes no sense to me, no fiscal sense.”
RGCISD, on the other hand, argues that the property transfer was not done properly. School board President Daniel Garcia said as owners the school district has the right to get compensated for leasing out the property. “…I don’t think the city would enter into any agreements where the district would be allowed to use part of their wing or you know any of the facilities for a dollar…I think we just want something reasonable and fair for the district,” said Garcia.
Mediation proved unsuccessful. Garcia said if the school district and city can’t come to an agreement, the district will seek legal action to get their property back.
Source: KRGV.com, 7/27/16, By Staff
[Editor’s Note: In July 2013, Legal Clips summarized an article in The Jewish Week reporting that a ruling by New York State Education Commissioner John King meant that Yeshivat Avir Yakov, a chasidic school, was no longer permitted to lease the former Hillcrest Elementary School building from the East Ramapo Central School District at below-market prices. In upholding a petition filed against the school district and annulling the lease, King said, “I cannot find, on this record, that the [School] Board took reasonable steps to ensure that it was getting the best deal possible.”]