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Court tosses property tax lawsuit

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Another victory for the Dougherty County Board of Tax assessors in their legal battle with a taxpayers' group.

The Court of Appeals affirmed a Superior Court Judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit the taxpayers filed over the county's property reevaluation process. This is the second time the Court of Appeals has ruled against the Taxpayers Association.

The court said the way the taxpayers association filed the suit did not follow the statutory appeals process.

"This is several times this thing has bounced back and forth and it's costing Dougherty County taxpayers a lot of money and I'll be glad when it's resolved, finally," said County Commissioner Lamar Hudgins.

Richard Thomas, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Dougherty County taxpayers association says this is the end of the rope for the lawsuit. But he does believe the legislature solved some of the issues the group was concerned with.

He says a new law to streamline the arbitration process and another that allows every property taxpayer an assessment each year and the use of foreclosure values in determining fair market value is a win for all taxpayers.

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