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Eight year tax dispute finally settled; costs county $160,000

        A tax dispute that stretches back eight years was settled in mediation November 14, with the total cost to the county exceeding $160,000 for legal fees and other costs.

The settlement is the culmination of years of back-and-forth between property owners Jack and Annette Williams and the Pickens County Tax Assessor’s Office. The Williamses, who own a large home on Firetower Road, have filed appeals on their property value every year since 2011.

Following the settlement in mid November, Mr. Williams said he had been limited by the court on what he could say and would not divulge particulars of the settlement.

“They were insistent that they wanted us to sign the agreement to not discuss it,” he said. “It doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s taxpayers’ money. Why wouldn’t they want people to know what they are doing?”

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