The Fulton County Board of Ethics on Friday dismissed the latest in a series of complaints against tax commissioner Arthur Ferdinand.
The complaint accused Ferdinand of breaking the law by waiving the property taxes on more than a dozen Atlanta properties without first seeking permission from the Atlanta Board of Education. Ferdinand did not attend Friday’s Board of Ethics meeting. In the past, he has said he did what he was required to do by law, and that it was the responsibility of a nonprofit land bank to seek the school board’s permission.
The ethics board dismissed the complaint, noting that state law did not require Ferdinand to ensure that permission was obtained before waiving the taxes.
Friday’s decision is the latest in a series of ethics victories for Ferdinand. The board recently dismissed two other complaints the tax commissioner had abused his authority.