|Published: 7:48 PM, 06/07/2013
||Last updated: 7:49 PM, 06/07/2013
Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Four people with properties annexed by the City
of Newport filed a legal Complaint against the city saying they should not have
been liable for 2012 city property taxes because their appeals to the
annexation continued into 2012.
Carol Ann Williford Grooms, Dennis Edmonds, and Donnie
and Kathy Miller, plaintiffs, filed the lawsuit against the City of Newport for
"unlawfully assessing property taxes against the Plaintiffs' (properties)
for the tax year 2012."
The lawsuit was filed in Cocke County Circuit Court on
The plaintiffs' attorney, David S. Wigler, of the Law
Office of Herbert S. Moncier in Knoxville, wrote a letter dated March 21 to
Charlton DeVault, Jr. and City Attorney Terry Hurst seeking the nullification
of tax bills sent to the three parties in the lawsuit.
Wigler's letter, which is attached to the lawsuit,
states, "If it is correct that Area 1 citizens received 2012 tax bills, that
would be contrary to my understanding of the annexation and property taxation
laws. Please let me know within the next two weeks whether Newport will
voluntarily withdraw these tax statements, and refund any payments received by
Area 1 citizens."
For more details, please see the weekend edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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