A county official seeking a property tax appeal, is costing the county money through legal counsel.
A Madison County Commissioner’s decision to appeal one of his property-tax bills might end up costing taxpayers $2,000.
The Columbus Dispatch says Madison County Commissioner Paul Gross and his wife, Kirsten, say the county overvalued a condominium they bought in April 2011. They appealed to the county’s board of revision and lost, and now will plead their case to the state’s board of tax appeals.
In similar appeals cases - there were two last year and one this year - the county prosecutor represents Auditor Jennifer Hunter. But Gross’ wife, Kirsten, is a lawyer in the prosecutor’s office, and that is a conflict.
So Hunter went to the board of county commissioners, with Paul Gross sitting at the table, to ask for money to pay for outside counsel. She estimated that the fees will total at least $2,000.