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Georgia high court affirms bond validation for Paulding County Airport expansion

On June 30, 3014, the Supreme Court of Georgia affirmed the Paulding County Superior Court’s validation of a $3.6 million bond.  The bond is intended to finance an expansion of the taxiway at the Paulding County Airport to accommodate commercial passenger flights.  

Two Paulding County residents challenged the bond, claiming, among other things, that the structure of the bond violated the Intergovernmental Contracts Clause, the Lending Clause, and the Gratuities Clause of the Georgia Constitution.  A unanimous Supreme Court disagreed, holding that the various agreements supporting the bond did not violate any provision of the Georgia Constitution.  

Members of Brinson Askew Berry’s appellate team, Norman Fletcher and Lee Carter, represented Paulding County and the Airport Authority before the Supreme Court.