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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Judge rules against Slavery Museum in lawsuit

Circuit Court Judge Joseph Ellis ruled in favor of Fredericksburg’s Commissioner of the Revenue office Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by the National Slavery Museum.

Ellis dismissed a lawsuit that the National Slavery Museum filed May 17 against the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office challenging the assessed value of the 38 acres the organization owns in Celebrate Virginia South.

The land is assessed at about $7.63 million, which attorneys for the slavery museum have argued is significantly inflated.

Ellis made his ruling Tuesday in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court. Fredericksburg Circuit Judge Gordon Willis recused himself in the case.

In dismissing the lawsuit, Ellis ordered that the National Slavery Museum pay the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office about $23,300 to cover legal expenses. Sands Anderson attorney Andrew McRoberts represented the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office in the case.

The city continues to try to sell the National Slavery Museum land at auction due to nonpayment of real estate taxes.

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