Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers.

Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far.

Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine Law was violated and there was a conflict of interest with the attorney who gave a favorable opinion on the TIF.

The developers afterward went back to the City Industrial Development Board for new approval for the TIF based on a favorable opinion by Mike McMahan, former city attorney.

Attorney Konvalinka said attorney McMahan was paid $7,500 for his work on the TIF.    

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