Suit against Lauderdale Ag Center dismissed

FLORENCE – Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Will Powell this morning dismissed a lawsuit requesting an injunction related to the construction of the Lauderdale County Agricultural Event Center.
Powell said the suit “is unfounded and not supported by the plain reading of the law.”
John Sutherland filed the suit on Aug. 26 that requested an injunction and declaratory relief to prevent the authority from building the facility on U.S. 72, east of Florence.
The suit contended that the gas tax violates Alabama Constitutional Amendment 354, which restricts uses for gases tax levied by the state. However, Powell said the tax is levied by Lauderdale County instead of the state, so it does not apply.