Liberty County Tax Commissioner Carolyn R. Brown should not have paid herself nearly $1 million from taxes she collected, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled this week.

The decision written by Justice George H. Carley upheld the trial court’s partial summary judgment in favor of Liberty County that determined Brown was not entitled to money she claimed was owed to her under local law. Brown v. Liberty County, No. S99A1451 (Sup. Ct. Ga. Oct. 18, 1999).