Earlier this month, Riley officially appealed DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Alan C. Harvey’s December decision that said she was “without legal authority” when she decided to reject Fulton’s 2017 tax digest, which was based on 2016 property values and approved by the Fulton Board of Commissioners.
Commissioners had received numerous complaints from property owners regarding their increased 2017 property value assessments, with some assessments rising as much as 50 percent from the previous year.
Due to the continuing problem the county had with the 2017 assessments, they voted to set property values at the 2016 level.
In a published report, the appeal filed in the Georgia Court of Appeals by Riley’s attorney, said Harvey erred when he ruled that a local board of commissioners can “disregard and overrule property valuations” that had been made by the county’s independent board of assessors, which Riley claimed was contrary to state law.
Since her appeal had not yet been heard and her case is still pending, Jessica Corbitt-Dominguez, a Fulton spokeswoman, and William Gaston, a spokesman for the state revenue commissioner’s office, declined to comment on the case.
In 2017, due to Fulton’s failure to comply with rising property for a number of years, the commission relied on an 1880s law to modify the tax digest and sent a revised set of assessments, which caused nearly a quarter of the county 318,000 residential parcel assessments to rise.