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GA Supreme Court OKs use of school tax monies to fund redevelopment projects

On June 3, 2013, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled unanimously against a challenge to the use of school taxes used by the City of Atlanta to fund redevelopment projects.  The decision found that challenges brought by John Sherman of the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation to halt the spending of the school tax revenue “lack merit.”  The case stems from plans by the City to fund redevelopment projects in the BeltLine and Perry-Bolton tax allocation districts. Norman Fletcher, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Lee Carter represented the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Development Authority in the case—at both the trial and appellate level.  The Fletcher and Carter duo prepared the winning appellate brief, and Fletcher orally presented the case to the Supreme Court.