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Court rules for utility

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A divided Idaho Supreme Court has sided with the utility PacifiCorp in a tax fight the state has said could shift millions in assessments to others.

Justices issued a 3-2 ruling Monday, with the majority affirming a lower court decision in 2010 in favor of PacifiCorp. The justices found the utility's system for tax appraisal was not erroneous and was supported by competent evidence.

In September, Tax Commission officials said losing the case could mean property taxpayers face a combined bill of $11.6 million — to refund utilities' taxes. Full story.


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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.