Ind. Supreme Court upholds eminent domain ruling

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. The Indiana Supreme Court has affirmed a Court of Appeals ruling that Clark County will have to pay more than $900,000 to the estate of a woman whose property was taken by eminent domain for an airport runway expansion.

The Courier-Journal reports the high court ruled Thursday in favor of Margaret Dreyer and her heirs.

The Clark County Board of Aviation Commissioners, now known as the South Central Regional Airport Authority, used eminent domain in 2009 to acquire the property.

Dreyer filed a lawsuit in July 2009, saying the appraisals used to determine the property value were wrong. Clark County appealed, arguing the trial court did not have jurisdiction because exceptions to the court-appointed appraisals that Dreyer used were not filed in a timely fashion.

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