“The election was certified and ESD No. 1 has annexed that property,” he summed up. “So as it is right now, ESD No. 3 effectively has no dog in this hunt.”
“Why, if the majority has already decided on it being in ESD No. 1, would we be continuing with this?” a woman who misunderstood the dialogue, asked.
“We’re not continuing,” ESD No. 3 attorney Jim Eggleston said. “We’re stopping tonight. ESD No. 3 doesn’t have any legal standing to challenge that election. The ESD is not a citizen of that territory. We don’t have legal authority over there.
“So we can’t file any lawsuits or do any injunctions or anything. ESD 3 can only stand by. It’s up to the citizens of those cities to fight that fight.
“Well, is anybody [going to challenge the election],” the woman continued. “It seems kind of dumb to me being as a majority voted to do it that way.”
“The only way I can answer your question is that we were bound by law to have a hearing on a petition that we took before the election was certified,” Brooks responded.
“It’s kind of a dead duck in West Texan [lingo], then?” the woman said. “OK, I’m out of here.”
Another woman said she would just as soon send her money to Springtown, “so just leave it as it is.”
The hearing was adjourned in about 10 minutes.