Our city government is evidently appealing the judge’s ruling in the multipurpose performing art and entertainment center lawsuit.
The Austin, Texas judge in the case said that the city cannot use money from the quality of life bonds that we passed to build a sports arena. She went further and said that the city cannot use any other source of funds to add on to the center in such a manner as to facilitate making it a sports arena.
The story the city is telling us is that they are appealing the judge’s order to seek clarification on what the city can and cannot do.
It seems to us that a motion for clarification of the judge’s order is what the city should be using if they are really only interested in clarification.
An appeal takes the case to a different court. A motion for clarification asks the existing judge to be specific on certain points.
Civil appeals are supposed to be based on errors in findings of fact or conclusions of law.
It could be that the appeals court will refuse to hear the case.
We deserve better