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State to Appeal Monroe-Bibb Border Ruling
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Georgia's Secretary of State says he'll appeal a judge's order moving the Monroe-Bibb county border south into Bibb.

Brian Kemp's office released a statement Tuesday say that he "absolutely" disagreed with the ruling by Fulton County Judge Kelly Lee.  The ruling is "clearly at odds with existing law" and with the Secretary of State's duties, wrote Kemp.

"I intend to file an appeal and make sure that this matter is resolved in the best legal interests of the State of Georgia," he wrote.

The two counties have sparred for decades over whether the border line was drawn in the proper place.

On Jan. 23, Lee agreed with Monroe officials and ordered Kemp to accept a line drawn by a surveyor in 2009. That line would shift the county line several hundred yards south into Bibb County.

And that would move dozens of properties worth millions of dollars from Bibb to Monroe.

Bibb County officials also plan to fight the ruling, according to their attorney, Virgil Adams.

Kemp has 30 days to file a formal appeal, until Feb. 28, according to spokesman Jared Thomas.

His office released this statement Tuesday.

Statement on Bibb/Monroe Border Dispute by Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp:

I absolutely disagree with the decision that was handed down by the Fulton County Superior Court establishing the location of the boundary line between Bibb County and Monroe County. I believe it to be clearly at odds with existing law and the executive function of the Office of the Secretary of State. Thankfully, Georgians enjoy a judicial appeal process that gives us recourse in these situations. I intend to file an appeal and make sure that this matter is resolved in the best legal interests of the State of Georgia.

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