This is the first time a county has had to go to court to get approval for its tax digest. The action, the petition said, creates uncertainty for the county, as well as cities and school districts that rely on the county’s digest to set their own tax rates.
Additionally, the filing said, it creates uncertainty about whether this year’s tax digest will be approved.
Citing those concerns, the county is asking a judge to approve Fulton's decision to keep most residential property values at artificially low 2016 levels for the 2017 tax year after complaints from residents about jumps in their property values led commissioners to roll them back.
Fulton failed to keep up with rising values, and in the first assessments sent in 2017, half of the county’s nearly 320,000 parcels gained at least 20 percent in value, and nearly 25 percent had value increases of 50 percent or more.
Residents have already paid 2017 property taxes at the adjusted levels, but could be required to pay additional 2017 taxes if a judge decides the state was right to reject the digest.
A spokesperson for the Department of Revenue said the department does not comment on ongoing litigation. Perkins-Hooker declined to comment on the filing. No hearing date has been set.
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