Richard G. Norris II, a member of the firm, recently obtained an excellent outcome for a Mississippi County Board of Supervisors by getting the Mississippi Supreme Court to reverse and remand a decision of a lower court.
In the case, an industrial facility challenged the amount of ad valorem taxes assessed by the County Board of Supervisors and filed appeals of the assessments to the circuit court. However, the company did not submit bonds with its appeals. The Board of Supervisors moved to dismiss the appeals, but the circuit court denied the motions. Richard secured an interlocutory appeal on behalf of the County Board of Supervisors to the Mississippi Supreme Court and, ultimately, convinced the Mississippi Supreme Court to reverse and remand the matter to the circuit court, with instructions to dismiss the same for want of jurisdiction.
The decision is an important one to County Boards across the state, as well as taxpayers, as it helps clarify the applicable law and what is required when there is a dispute regarding ad valorem taxes.