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Supreme Court denies taxpayer appeal

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In a major blow to an Albany taxpayers group, The Georgia Supreme Court denied a request to hear their appeal.

So does this mean their quest to have a county wide revaluation thrown out is over?

Members of the taxpayer steering committee met this afternoon to discuss their options. While they could drop the lawsuit, they say they won't.

They believe in their cause and on Monday afternoon decided to ask the Supreme court to reconsider its decision.

Tax director Denver Hooten and the board of tax assessors got a win, as the Supreme Court says it will not hear the merits of a case against them by the Dougherty County taxpayers association.

"It will be good if it's over," said County Commissioner Lamar Hudgins.

But it's not. Three of the founding and most active members of the taxpayers association, Hillard Burt and Tim Coley and Richard Thomas decided late today, they will not just let this case die.

"The constitutional rights of the taxpayers of Dougherty County have been denied and that's really the foundation of this lawsuit,"said Richard Thomas of the Taxpayers Association.  "We feel like we owe it to the citizens and the members of our organization to pursue that to whatever end we can afford, time wise and money wise."

But county commissioners believe the court was wise in choosing to not hear the case.

 "Court of appeals spoke and then the appeal was made to the Georgia Supreme Court and they denied," Hudgins said.

And Commissioner Lamar Hudgins said the county did what it was required by law to do when ordering a county wide reval.

"As you know the state fined Dougherty County because our tax digest had because undervalued and so had not been a reval in 40 years, and so hopefully it will be another 40 before we have to go that route."

The taxpayers group says the main point of their motion for reconsideration will be to focus on the board of equalizations denial of the arbitration process.

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