ROY ZUMSTEIN v. ROANE COUNTY EXECUTIVE/MAYOR, ASSESSOR OF PROPERTY, TRUSTEE - Articles

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Posted by: Karen Belcher on Aug 21, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Greg Leffew, Rockwood, Tennessee, for the appellants, Roane County Executive Mayor, Roane County Assessor of Property, and Roane County Trustee.

Attorneys 2:

Jimmy G. Carter and Stephanie L. Prager, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Roy Zumstein.

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter, Andre´e Sophia Blumstein, Solicitor General, and James P. Urban, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee State Board of Equalization.

Judge(s): GOLDIN

This appeal arises from a taxpayer’s successful challenge of the appraisal value assigned to his real property by the Roane County Property Assessor. The taxpayer filed a petition for judicial review challenging an administrative decision that affirmed the assessor’s valuation. The trial court ruled in favor of the taxpayer, overturning the administrative decision and ordering Roane County to pay the taxpayer’s attorney’s fees. On appeal, Roane County argues that the trial court had no authority to assess attorney’s fees against it. We agree and reverse the trial court’s award of attorney’s fees.

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