If the number of and value of the appeals each exceed 8 percent of the total tax digest, no taxes can be collected without the court’s go-ahead. In Fulton, the number of appeals represented 11.58 percent of the total, and the value was 8.25 percent.
Without a court’s approval, the filing said, the county will not be able to pay salaries, pay debts or maintain its credit rating.
Last year, a judge allowed Fulton County to begin collecting taxes under a similar order, after the state Department of Revenue rejected the county's tax digest. Fulton officials had frozen residential property values at the previous year's levels in response to resident pushback of high values, but the department questioned the legality of the move.
The 2017 tax digest still has not been approved, though property taxes were collected last year using the temporary approval. A hearing will be set later this month to hear arguments on the county's request.