City settles river fee suit for $691K
NEW BRAUNFELS — The City of New Braunfels will pay three river outfitters and their attorneys a total of $691,063 to settle a 2007 suit over a flawed early version of the city’s “tube tax.”
The settlement, approved by city council this week, follows a November decision by the Texas Supreme Court not to hear the city’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling that the initial rendition of the city-imposed river management fee, or tube tax, was invalid because of procedural flaws.
City Attorney Val Acevedo said settlement funds will be distributed as follows to the river outfitters who sued in 2007: Rockin’ R River Rides, $190,853; Texas Tubes, $141,090; and the then-owner of Corner Tubes, which is now under new ownership, $141,172.
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