MARION COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) -- A Marion, Franklin County map only begins to show the complex border dispute between the two counties.
"The two counties have not been able to agree on any of these five lines at least as of right now," says Marion County Attorney Billy Gouger.
One of the lines represents where Marion County claims its county line is today. Another line represents where Franklin County claims its border is. The other lines reflect surveys done by county officials in the early 1800's. Its a big gap in time and on a map, about a mile wide and 14 miles from top to bottom.
"You're talking about tens of thousands of acres of property," says Gouger. "The big issue has been for a number of years an overlap of county tax maps."
Gouger says the issue has been to court before when a property owner claimed they'd been billed by both counties. The court ruled that property owner pay Marion County. Franklin County appealed and nothing has been done since.
"Last thing we wanted was to have tax payers and property owners receive tax bills from two different counties for the same property," Gouger says. However, he admits it still happens.
The Ridges subdivision is under construction near the county line in Marion County. Gouger says some property owners there are paying taxes in both counties. "Depending on where this county line turns out to be, it could very well be a portion, a large portion in Franklin County," Gouger says. "It needs to be finalized and that's a problem we've now had for close to 20 years."
Gouger says the border dispute affects more than just taxpayers. Voting rights and criminal jurisdiction rely heavily on county borders.
Right now Gouger says they're waiting to hear back from the state on when their next hearing is, however he hopes county officials can settle the agreement outside of court or neither county may be satisfied with the results.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:16 AM EDT2013-05-21 09:16:37 GMT
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