The disorganization in how to handle the disagreement between Florida, Georgia, and Alabama over water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Water Basin (ACF Basin) was made apparent again today in an article from the […]
Should the Government Have to Pay the Attorney's Fees of the Property Owner Who Successfully Challenges Property Tax Assessments?
If the government has to pay out thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in attorneys fees for behavior it cannot predict then we are wasting tax money. Sure the individual taxpayer wins, but the rest of the taxpayers lose. We need an honest system, but penalizing the government for acting in good-faith may not be the best answer. If a jury or judge finds a valuation to be excessive, the value should be reduced and any taxes paid should be refunded. Forcing the government to deplete its resources by paying attorneys fees for acting in a reasonable manner hurts all taxpayers and does little to correct bad behavior.
While the Supreme Court cleared the way for Mapache to challenge title, it still must produce legible documents that clearly show the marshlands and tidelands were conveyed by the Crown. Back in 2006, the Georgia Supreme Court heard a similar case. In Black v. Floyd, the judgement of the lower court was affirmed by the Supreme Court because the landowners could not clearly show the property was conveyed by the crown. They had the documents, but they were so illegible that as a matter of law the court was able to rule for the State of Georgia. The landowners stated that the documents instructed the grantee to drain swamp and marsh “if any such contain herein.” The Court, though, said that even if the documents did say that, it wouldn’t be enough to show that the Crown clearly intended to convey tidewaters.
This is a re-post of an article published on August 19, 2014. It’s one of our most viewed articles as well as one of our most consistently relevant articles. In it we […]
Updated county population estimates were recently released by the US Census Bureau and the big news is that the 10-county metro region’s population is projected to have grown to 4.5 million while Fulton County passed […]
This is an update/re-post of an article titled “Want to See the Milky Way and Live in the Eastern Time Zone? Good Luck” published back in 2013. That article, re-printed below, advocated […]
Atlanta is set to take a major step forward in creating desirable development while North Fulton and the rest of the northern suburbs continue along the path of roads and traffic. After the […]
Hey All, I had the pleasure of being a panelist on NPR’s and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Second Thought” Tuesday morning to discuss transportation, population, and housing in the Atlanta metro region. I […]
Last year we reported on a case in Oklahoma that involved allegations by a property owner that an oil company was negligent in causing an earthquake that damaged her house. Oklahoma has, what […]
Sigh. Any hope of MARTA expansion has once again been taken off the table. After several bills were introduced in the Georgia Senate with bi-partisan support to allow citizens to vote on […]