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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 6:32am

Bibb Keeps Land In Border Dispute

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has thrown out a survey that gives land in Bibb County to Monroe County. But, the six-year-old dispute may not be over.

In 2005, then-Governor Sonny Perdue appointed a surveyor to establish a boundary between the two Middle Georgia counties. Monroe County says a 188-year old boundary was wrong.

Kemp says after considering the survey, visiting the site, examining historical records and even a taking into account a judge’s decision favoring Monroe, he could not move the county line:

“I did not feel comfortable setting a county line that I didn’t know 100-percent in my mind was the right location. When I went out there, when I looked at all the information that I received, I have substantial doubt.”

Millions in sales and property taxes are at stake. Monroe County could request a second grand jury or order a new survey.

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