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Lawsuit Over Boathouses Filed Against Eight North Alabama Counties

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Eight counties in the northern part of Alabama are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by a Guntersville couple concerning taxes on boathouses.

The lawsuit by Bobby and Kim Taylor, filed in Marshall County Circuit Court, claims that Marshall, Jackson, Morgan, Limestone, Lawrence, Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin counties, have all been illegally imposing property taxes on boathouses along the Tennessee River.

The lawsuit contends that all of the shoreline along the Tennessee River and its lakes, is actually the property of the Tennessee Valley Authority.   In fact, boathouse owners must get a permit to build on TVA land.

The lawsuit says this fact means the boathouses are actually on federal property and therefore the counties have no legal standing to impose a property tax on them.

The lawsuit seeks for the practice to stop and for monies paid in past years for property tax on the houses to be refunded to the owners in those eight counties.  Lawyers are seeking class-action status.


  • Chris

    Very interesting. Consider fishing and duck hunting. If you are in the water, you can fish or hunt alongside someone’s property because the water’s edge is the property line. This will be one to watch

    • Marvin

      If one can afford a boathouse, why would one object to paying taxes to the county for providing roads and other services to the boathouse. Just my thought.

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