El Paso, TX (KDBC) — We've learned more about why the city would be required to pay for billboards that can't be relocated, as part of TxDOT road expansion projects in El Paso.
In city council, Clear Channel Communications urged reps to loosen the city's billboard ordinances, telling them the city would be responsible for paying up to a million dollars per billboard, if they weren't able to be relocated because of city ordinances.
Under normal circumstances, when a right of way or road expansion project comes through, land on one or both sides of the road is acquired by TxDOT.
The land, or in this case billboard, is appraised by an independent agency. Then TxDOT is required to compensate the owner for the property they're taking. In the case of El Paso's newest road expansions, that's not how it's going to work.
The city made an agreement to contribute to the project, meaning El Paso will pay for 10% of all of the damaged or acquired property to be used for the roads.
If the business or billboard can't be relocated because of city rules, then, according to TxDOT, the city pays for 100% of the damaged property.