“As such, the department is not required to provide legal representation on his behalf,” Corbitt said.
Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts told Channel 2 Action News that Morris may have been acting as a private citizen, and not as a member of the Board of Assessors, when he brought up the question of whether homes were being valued properly at a Board of Assessors’ meeting.
Morris rejected that assessment.
“I did my job and found out the board members in the previous years had not done their jobs. They had hurt taxpayers,” Morris said. “…I did this as a board member. You can look on the agenda and see an official action by an official board member.”
Mitchell Graham, an attorney representing homeowners, estimated counties, cities and school boards could be on the hook for more than $36 million if he and others succeed in getting refunds for residents who paid more in property taxes than their neighbors. Morris estimated 18,000 households were overbilled.