The greed of the U.S government has been highlighted in this recent law case.
A Texan businessman has been in the news for highlighting the awful way the State treats it’s landowners.
Monty Bennett is the man in question, and although he may be different to the majority of landowners in terms of wealth, he is doing right by standing up for the rights of them all.
He is the head of a hotel investment company and has been fortunate enough to have enough money to fight the powers-that-be.
His disagreement with the Tarrant Regional Water District highlights the way in which the government are willing to cast aside the will of land and home owners for their own benefit.
Dallas City Council met to discuss their current agenda. Item #11 involved an eminent domain case where the city of Dallas was attempting to take the land from a property owner. The council has been asked to settle a case out of court with the land owner.
Ms. Sandy Greyson, District 12 (nonpartisan), is furious that the city cannot simply take this man’s land. She tells Mayor Michael S. Rawlings it isn’t fair to the city that this man has enough money to defend his property in court. She even admits that “ordinary people” who “cannot afford to fight the city of Dallas” end up losing their property, which makes it easier for the city.
She’s dead serious, and continues to say “he’s fought us for years and has cost Dallas tax payers millions of dollars.”
It gets worse, “I’m not blaming anyone that we’re settling this case,” she says “but it’s just infuriating that if you’re rich enough you can hold the city hostage for years and get what you want. There’s something really wrong with that.”
Mr. Bennet is fighting back. He has filed a lawsuit against Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD).
UPDATE From SOTT:
The land was originally purchased by Bennett’s grandparents in 1955. Bennett does not want the pipeline to damage his family land or interfere with the wildlife refuge on it. He attempted to speak directly with the TRWD board, but they refused to see him. In order to protect his land, Bennett has constructed a cemetery on his property. Under Texas Law 711.035 cemeteries are exempt from “taxation, seizure by creditors and eminent domain.”
Bennett has the full support of Henderson County Commissioner Precinct 4 Ken Geeslin who is upset by the project’s burden on his constituents. “First off, I am not in favor of eminent domain,” Geeslin said in an interview with the Athens Review. “The government can come take property that may have been in a family for generations. I just can’t see that being right.”
Whether you agree with the nature of Bennett’s ethos or not, his determination to fight to the end for his rights has to be respected.