Attorneys representing Monroe County in its border dispute with Bibb County have filed a response to Bibbs appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court, asking the court to uphold a verdict reached earlier this year by a Fulton County judge.
Bibb County Attorney Virgil Adams filed an appeal with the Supreme Court last month in an attempt to overturn the verdict of Fulton County Judge Kelly A. Lee, who ruled in January that the Georgia Secretary of States Office must accept the border drawn by surveyor Terry Scarborough in 2009.
Lee said Secretary of State Brian Kemp didnt determine the border after he rejected Scarboroughs survey.
Adams wrote in his appeal that Lee blocked Bibb County from joining Kemps case and didnt inform the county about the hearing until after it was done.
Monroe County had 20 days to respond to Bibbs appeal.
In their 39-page response, Monroe County attorneys wrote that Bibb County had no right to intervene in the case; that Bibbs assertion that Kemps determining the border is a purely political act is incorrect; and that Bibbs argument that Lee was in error to compel Kemp to accept the survey under these circumstances also is incorrect.
Monroes attorneys ask that the court affirm Lees decision to order Kemps office to accept the verdict and deny Bibbs motion to intervene.
Earlier this year, Kemp also filed his own appeal of Lees verdict.
A final ruling to determine the border is important to both counties, because it would impact infrastructure, residences, businesses and property taxes.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.
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