Steve Heskett, II, et al v. Athens County, Ohio, et al
Per Curiam OPINION filed : AFFIRMED, decision not for publication. Karen Nelson Moore, Circuit Judge; Richard Allen Griffin, Circuit Judge and The Honorable Edward R. Korman, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, sitting by designation.
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File Name: 13a1014n.06
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
STEVE HESKETT, II; HESKETT LAND
ATHENS COUNTY, OHIO; JILL T. THOMPSON;
Dec 04, 2013
DEBORAH S. HUNT, Clerk
ON APPEAL FROM THE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT
COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN
DISTRICT OF OHIO
BEFORE: MOORE and GRIFFIN, Circuit Judges; and KORMAN, District Judge.*
In 2000, plaintiffs purchased a parcel of land in Athens County, Ohio. Prior to plaintiffs’
purchase, one of the buildings on the land had enjoyed tax-exempt status. At some point after
plaintiffs’ purchase of the parcel, defendants reassessed the parcel’s value, which ultimately left
plaintiffs with a significant tax bill. Plaintiffs filed this action in the district court alleging that,
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, defendants had violated plaintiffs’ rights under the First and Fourteenth
Amendments, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act. The district court found that the
assessment at issue here was a “tax” and not a “fee” and that there were “plain, speedy, and
The Honorable Edward R. Korman, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern
District of New York, sitting by designation.
Heskett, et al. v. Athens County, Ohio, et al.
efficient” state remedies available to plaintiffs. Accordingly, the district court concluded that the
Tax Injunction Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1341, deprived the federal courts of jurisdiction, and dismissed
plaintiffs’ claims. Plaintiffs appealed.
Having thoroughly reviewed the record, the parties’ briefs, and the applicable law, we find
no error in the district court’s analysis. The reasoning supporting the judgment for defendants was
clearly and persuasively articulated by the district court, and, accordingly, there is no need for a
detailed written opinion by this court. Any opinion by us would be duplicative and would serve no
jurisprudential purpose. We therefore affirm the district court’s judgment for the reasons stated in
that court’s opinion.
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