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Fulton Co. state representatives sue to stop property tax rate increase

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Several Fulton County state representatives have filed a lawsuit to stop a 17 percent property tax rate increase in the county.

According to a news release from the Georgia House of Representatives, state Reps. Jan Jones (R-Milton), Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell), Lrynee Riley (R-Johns Creek), Joe Wilkinson (R-Atlanta), Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) and Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs) all filed the suit against the Fulton County Commission.

Former state Rep. Edward Lindsey was also listed as a plaintiff.

The representatives claim that the increase violates measures listed in House Bill 604. The bill puts a limit on Fulton County's authority to increase the property tax rate before Jan. 15, according to the release.

"We regret having to take this action, but the Fulton County Commission voted to increase property taxes contrary to state law and property taxpayers' best interests," said Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, the primary author of House Bill 604.

"We're committed to upholding state law and the Georgia Constitution and protecting Fulton County taxpayers."

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 on Wednesday to raise property taxes by 17 percent.

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