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Odessa City Council holds news conference to discuss taking voter-approved money from Ector Co.

Odessa City Hall. (CBS 7 File Photo)
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Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 3:46 PM CDT
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Odessa City Council News Conference

WATCH: Odessa City Council holds news conference to discuss taking voter-approved money from Ector Co. https://www.cbs7.com/2020/10/13/city-of-odessa-exploring-ways-to-take-ector-county-sales-tax-money/

Posted by CBS7 News on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - The City of Odessa has called a 2 p.m. news conference to discuss taking money from Ector County’s Assistance District.

The city attorney’s office is working through State Senator Charles Perry in Lubbock to ask the Texas Attorney General’s opinion on several questions regarding the district.

Ector County voters approved creating it back during the November 2018 election.

It’s designed to levy and collect sales taxes from areas outside Odessa’s jurisdiction.

“It’s very disheartening to know that the city is trying to take the funds from the county. It’s not only disheartening, it makes me very angry … I think they need to back the hell off,” said Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis in an interview with the Odessa American.

In a statement Tuesday, a city spokesperson said Odessa, “became aware of a matter which would significantly impact future planning and growth for the city,” although she wasn’t specific about what that matter was.

The statement went on to say, “It is not the city’s hope or desire to steal or take money from the county; it is the city’s hope that the attorney general’s opinion will yield a plan that will allow all entities to prosper equally.”

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