The owners of a number of properties on Westlake Drive were among the more than 200 plaintiffs who have sued the city of Austin over the repeal of a property tax exemption.

The owners of far more than 200 lakefront properties together Lake Austin have sued the metropolis of Austin and Austin Group College to get out of paying out residence taxes they say they should not be billed.

The lawsuit arrives as house tax costs are now because of for many lakefront attributes that remained off the city’s tax rolls until eventually this yr right after remaining specified an exemption for decades despite staying inside the metropolis limitations.

Guide plaintiffs Judy and Brent Harward, together with the homeowners of at least 213 other homes, sued in federal court Saturday. They argue that they really should not fork out home taxes to the town since they do not acquire the exact degree of metropolis services as most Austin inhabitants.

They also argue that the Austin Town Council’s December 2019 repeal of a 1986 ordinance that codified their tax exemption amounted to an unlawful annexation of their assets. The repeal paved the way for the city – and Austin Community Higher education, according to the lawsuit – to start off charging taxes on attributes that have been a section of the town because the 1890s.