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Va. slavery museum's property assessment lawsuit

Wednesday - 8/14/2013, 2:33pm  ET

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A judge has dismissed the National Slavery Museum's lawsuit over the assessed value of its property.

The lawsuit alleged that Fredericksburg's Commissioner of the Revenue office had significantly inflated the property's value.

The 38-acre property overlooking Interstate 95 is assessed at $7.6 million.

The Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/15EI0Kw ) reports that t Judge Joseph Ellis dismissed the lawsuit on Tuesday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court. Fredericksburg Circuit Court Judge Gordon Willis had recused himself from the case.

Ellis also ordered museum officials to pay the revenue office about $23,300 in legal costs.

The city wants to sell the museum at auction to satisfy a real estate tax debt.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/


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