Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen’s $160,000 in extra compensation from Grovetown and Harlem was not a violation of state law, and even if it was, it would not be cause to remove her from office, according to a letter from her attorney to Gov. Nathan Deal.
Kay Allen will give back the fees she received, the letter states.
The letter, sent Friday by attorney Douglas Chalmers Jr., argues that the governor has no cause to remove Allen, primarily because she has not violated the state law that applies to such situations.
The letter argues that Allen was unaware of a 2007 change in state law that might have altered her ability to contract with the cities to collect property taxes.
The letter was a response to a Jan. 7 letter from Deal in which referred to accusations of “possible malfeasance” on Allen’s part in regard to her contracts for additional compensation to collect city taxes.
Chalmers’ letter argues that county commissioners failed to make a claim against Allen, which would prompt her removal by the governor.