She messed with his car, so now Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand has messed with hers, a county commissioner alleged in court documents Friday.
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The story so far
August – Funds from the Fulton County Tax Commissioner’s Office are used to buy an SUV for use by Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand.
May 1 – Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann questions Ferdinand’s need for a Ford Explorer XLT after it appears on a list of the county’s take-home vehicles.
May 10 – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, through an open records request, obtains the purchase order for the vehicle, which turns out to be a higher grade of the model, a Ford Explorer Limited. The price was $39,000.
May 13 – Ferdinand sends a memo to the interim county attorney and county commissioners, citing a tip, that says Hausmann may not live in Fulton County. The house that Hausmann had listed as her address on campaign documents had been sold, and a check used to pay for the registration of a vehicle in her name bears a Gwinnett County address. Hausmann says she neglected to update her address because she is going through a divorce and recently dealt with the illness and death of her father. The vehicle’s registration renewal was paid for by Hausmann’s daughter, who drives it, using a check bearing her father’s address.
May 16 – Ferdinand denies retaliating against Hausmann and says he needs the SUV to drive to meetings, public appearances and his satellite offices. He also says he will not consider giving up the vehicle unless told to do so by the whole commission.
Friday – Hausmann seeks a restraining order and after learning that Ferdinand has revoked the tag on the vehicle registered in her name.