The Georgia Supreme Court has decided to hear the library land lawsuit.
The high court made its decision Monday in the case of David Rothschild II v. Columbus Consolidated Government. Filed July 26, 2007, it was an attempt to make the government spend $6.1 million of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money on a park plaintiffs claim was promised to voters in the 1999 campaign for the tax that funded the Columbus Public Library.
Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Doug Pullen ruled Aug. 29, 2007, that the plaintiffs didn't have the authority to sue the government panels. April 25, the three-judge appeals court panel declined to overturn Pullen's decision, and in May the full court chose against hearing the case.
Monday's decision by the state's highest court means attorneys for both sides will give oral arguments in Atlanta in January.
"I feel very good for the plaintiffs," said attorney Josh McKoon. "They've endured a lot of criticism."0923