Commissioner Gus Johnson raced through a description of the appeal process, appearing to read off a script. When (Ed) DePriest offered commissioners his research on the matter, Johnson interrupted him, speaking over DePriest’s explanation of the material to ask him whether he had a professional appraisal done. “I just sensed an adversarial feeling in there,” he said afterward, standing next to his mother outside the commissioners’ offices. “I had people say, ‘You’re wasting your time,’ but I went in trying to tell myself that, no, if I go in with the … market figures … that we’ll get a fair hearing. I don’t get it. I just don’t get it.” The DePriests were dejected and angry after their hearing. They believed the process was unfair and made no sense.
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