NRG in talks with county on appraisal lawsuit against county

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
A small hint of progress behind the scenes in NRG Energy’s lawsuit against Limestone County was revealed at last Monday’s commissioners court meeting.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen said activity is going on between NRG Energy and the county regarding the company’s dispute of its valuation.
“We’re talking about that; I can’t go into the details about that but talks are going on,” Burkeen told the commissioners.
Last fall when NRG filed its lawsuit against Limestone County, which is how this kind of dispute is resolved, commissioners attempted to tamp down unnecessary spending across all departments by moving to the contingencies fund any budget money for items considered non-essential.
Although the court has occasionally reached back into that fund since then to spend money on needed items, each decision required the department heads to request the budget transfer from the court so the commissioners had to consider and approve the expenditures.
As for when a final decision might be made on the lawsuit, Burkeen said later he could not say more than the fact that all parties are involved in the talks.
When contacted to comment on the current status of the talks, NRG representative David Knox released this statement:

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