A judge has ordered that a state be allowed to appeal a federal decision to allow the state to seize properties in a dispute over how much taxes to pay.
The case, which was filed in January, stemmed from a dispute between the state of Idaho and the National Association of Realtors.
The association sued to force the state, under the landmark Taxpayer Protection Act, to increase its property tax rate.
The Idaho Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state and agreed to consider the state’s request to overturn the ruling, which is scheduled to be heard by the state Supreme Court in May.
The Idaho Supreme Courts decision in favor the state is expected to allow it to seize more than $8 million in property in the city of Spokane, according to the Associated Press.
The court also granted the state three other requests to have the Idaho Supreme court issue a decision that would allow it and the Idaho Real Estate Association to seize homes and businesses as a basis for the state seizure.
The state has already seized property in Spokane.
It will also be seizing $3.2 million in Spokane’s downtown district in 2018.
The property includes several properties used by the Spokane City Council and several of the city’s hotels.
The real estate association’s attorney, Michael Zullo, told the AP that the city is “shocked and outraged” by the ruling and is considering its next steps.
“The courts are not the law, and they’re not going to apply their decisions on any property they choose,” he said.
The decision to seek a rehearing was a blow to the state in which the state had argued that the association was seeking to prevent the state from increasing its property taxes in order to pay for a state program aimed at helping people in need.
The association has argued that since the state has taken away its right to demand a tax increase, it is being forced to raise property taxes to cover the costs of a program that has no impact on its revenues.