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Citizens lose fight with tax chief

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County Board of Tax Assessors wins a lawsuit against a group of taxpayers who wanted a county-wide revaluation thrown out.

The lawsuit was filed in January of 2008. Tax Director Denver Hooten and the Board of tax assessors asked the lawsuit be thrown out, but a trial court judge decided the case could move forward.

Last week, the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed that decision, saying the Board of Tax Equalization has full authority over the Taxpayers' grievances regarding the valuation of their land, uniformity of county tax assessments and all other issues presented in their complaint.

"The Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, last Thursday, issued their ruling, they simply reversed the judge's decision down here, stating that the judge should have granted our motion of summary judgement and the net result of that, of course, is their case has now been dismissed in their challenge to our tax digest," said County Attorney Spencer Lee.

Richard Thomas, who represents the Taxpayers Association and is listed as a plaintiff on the lawsuit, says he's astounded by the decision. He says the group isn't giving up and plans to file a motion for reconsideration to continue their fight against the revaluation process.

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