Council takes no action on suing entertainment giants

Wichita Falls city councilors moved consideration of a lawsuit against some major entertainment companies off the agenda when they met Tuesday but began the new fiscal year by allocating federal funds and spending local money.

Wichita Falls city councilor on Tuesday allocated federal money for local projects and paid higher than expected prices for heavy equipment.

Councilors were to look at hiring attorneys to join 25 other Texas cities in a lawsuit against Netflix, Disney and Hulu for not paying certain fees for streaming entertainment programs to consumers. The item was moved to discussion in closed session and no action was taken.

The council allocated nearly $2 million of the $29 million the city received in federal COVID-19 relief funds to three projects. The lion’s share, $1,500,000, went for grants to local nonprofit organizations, with a special panel to draw up a list of which groups share the money. Another $250,000 went to the arts community through the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture. The Wichita Falls City-County Health District received $173,800 to remodel two 1960s-era bathrooms at the district’s facilities.

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