Lawsuit could cost Chiefland

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

A pending lawsuit has Chiefland officials concerned about money the city might end up having to refund attorneys.

At Monday night's City Commission meeting, Norm D. Fugate, city attorney, said Chiefland has become involved in a statewide class action lawsuit in which attorneys are suing local government to get back money spent on occupational license taxes between 2000 and 2003.

"It's not a good deal for Chiefland," City Commissioner Rollin Hudson said after the meeting.

He explained that even though Chiefland had only a handful of attorneys that paid the tax prior to 2003, the city would be responsible for paying an equal share of all costs associated with the defense of at least 200 cities and 35 counties throughout the state.

But that's only if people within that handful of attorneys come forward seeking a refund. Fugate said he's confident that no one will seek a refund, and Hudson said it would " be more of an embarrassment for the attorneys."

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