BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A state District Court judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against the Capital Area Transit System seeking to invalidate results of the April 2012 property tax election.

The Advocate reports ( the case will now go to trial.

In July, Cajun Industries executive Milton Graugnard filed the lawsuit alleging the tax violates federal and state equal protection rights. A second petitioner, William Smith Jr., has since signed on as a plaintiff.

The crux of their argument is that the tax was levied within the city limits, yet some areas outside the city limits, such as the Mall of Louisiana and Perkins Rowe, will receive service without having to pay the tax.


Information from: The Advocate,