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Court: TCA


John P. Williams, Nashville, TN for Appellant.

Thomas V. White, Nashville, TN for Appellant.

Jeffrey D. Moseley, Franklin, TN for Appellee.

Lisa M. Carson, Franklin, TN for Appellee.


Appellants, a group of homebuilders, appeal the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Appellee Williamson County. Homebuilders filed a complaint for declaratory judgment against Williamson County, seeking interpretation of Chapter 118 of the Private Acts of 1987 as amended. Under the alleged authority granted by the Act, Williamson County levied additional adequate facilities taxes on homebuilders based upon its audit of actual square footage built. Builders contend that Williamson County exceeded its authority under the Act by calculating taxes at the time of the issuance of the certificate of occupancy as opposed to the time the building permit was issued. Finding that the Legislature intended to give the County broad authority to levy its tax at the time of the issuance of the building permit or at the time of the issuance of the certificate of occupancy, we affirm.


Court: TCA


Fred C. Dance, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellants, Edward Ron Calahan and wife, Diane R. Calahan.

Phillip P. Welty, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Kevin Orndorff and wife, Marguerite Orndorff.


The buyers of a home in Nashville sued the sellers for misrepresentation, fraud, and breach of contract. The proof showed the sellers did not acquire the proper permits and inspections required by the applicable building codes and that work on the plumbing, the electrical system, and the heating and air conditioning system was not performed in accordance with the codes. The sellers did not disclose the lack of permits and improper work on the statutorily required disclosure form. The chancellor found for the buyers. The sellers appealed. We affirm.

Expenditure of Hotel-Motel Tax Revenues on "Tourist Related Activities"

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-10-10

Opinion Number: 08-158

Contracts for Termite Inspection and Protection

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-08-15

Opinion Number:

State Licensing of Halfway Houses

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-10-08

Opinion Number: 08-160

Workers' Compensation -- Ex Parte Communication Between Case Managers and Employees

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2008-10-10

Opinion Number: 08-161


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