The APS filings state that the “property currently is not taxable and no families reside” there but noted that “the property’s status may change in the future.”
APS officials have argued repeatedly that the school district's boundaries should expand alongside the city's. The APS charter calls for the school district's boundaries to remain "coterminous" with Atlanta's boundaries, meaning they are the same.
The school district’s civil action, which names the city, mayor and council members as respondents, requests that the court issue a declaratory judgement expanding APS’ boundaries to include the property.
A spokesman for the mayor did not immediately provide a comment about the civil action.
In a separate court battle, APS and DeKalb County School District are battling over another annexation. In that matter, the city of Atlanta annexed Emory University and Centers for Disease Control property. The city's ordinance called for Atlanta schools to expand to include that area. DeKalb officials are contesting that change, which would mean the loss of about $2 million in tax revenue to APS.