When an agency has to take property by eminent domain in Georgia, under the state constitution, the “taking” agency must pay the property owner before actually taking the property – even if the agency and the property owner can’t agree on a price.
If the parties have to go to court, the taking agency pays its highest offer to the property owner and the final settlement is worked out later.
But that’s not what’s happening for property owners along the path of the new gas pipeline being built by the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company – better known as Transco.
Read the rest of the story at the times-herald.com.
Thoughts: This is true for any eminent domain taking from a government authority or utility, the property owner needs to be compensated before the government or utility can call it their own.