Fulton County Commissioner Hausmann files suit against Arthur Ferdinand
2:00 pm, May 24th, 2013
Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann filed a lawsuit today in Superior Court against the county’s tax commissioner, Arthur Ferdinand, alleging retaliation.
Hausmann has publicly called for an investigation into Ferdinand’s tax lien sales, which opponents say may have deprived the county of revenue and property owners of adequate time to pay their debts, and has rebuked Ferdinand’s use of a county-paid vehicle.
Hausmann’s attorney, Josh Belinfante, a partner at Robbins Ross Alloy Belinfante Littlefield and former ethics commissioner, said Ferdinand is disputing Hausmann’s vehicle registration and threatening to revoke the license of Hausmann’s car, which is used by her daughter.
“Defendant, without authority, has revoked the registration, even though all taxes due have been timely paid, ostensibly because Hausmann failed to provide proof of her place of residence to Ferdinand’s satisfaction,” the complaint states. “In reality, Ferdinand revoked Hausmann’s vehicle registration in retaliation for a recent inquiry by Hausmann regarding Ferdinand’s personal use of a county vehicle.”
Ferdinand was not available for comment. An attorney for him was not listed on the complaint.
Hausmann is seeking a temporary restraining order halting the revocation of her vehicle registration and injunctive relief ordering Ferdinand to reinstate her car tag. She is also seeking unspecified damages.
The case is Hausmann v. Ferdinand, No. 2103CV231746