Opening Arguments Begin in ALON USA Tax Trial

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

HOWARD COUNTY - Millions of dollars on the line in Howard County as the battle over how much the ALON USA refinery in Big Spring is worth.

Opening statements in ALON's lawsuit against the County over their property began Monday morning.  

Basically, the refinery says the County over-valued the refinery for 2006 and 2007.  

While the lawsuit plays out in court, ALON has paid taxes on what they think is the fair amount, but that has put the County in a bit of a financial bind while they wait for a judge's ruling.  

That ruling is expected by Friday.