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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

November 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A class action lawsuit by taxpayers in Dougherty County has gone before the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Speaking before the Albany Golden K Kiwanis Club Wednesday morning, lawyer Hilliard Burt updated the group, most of whom are property owners, on the status of the lawsuit.

Three weeks ago Wednesday, lawyers hired by the county, and Burt argued their positions before the court of appeals. Burt said, "We made a pretty good showing before the court of appeals. Hopefully, they thought well of it."

Richard Thomas, with the Taxpayers Association said, "We're not trying to avoid paying taxes. What we're lobbying for is the fair and equitable distribution and application of the property tax."

Burt believes there will be a decision by the first of the year. On a trial court level, Judge John Crosby is no longer presiding over the case. Juvenile Judge Wayne Ellerbee has now agreed to preside over the case until its conclusion.

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