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Charter seeks property tax reduction

By The Associated Press
Published On: Apr 09 2014 12:44:13 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 09 2014 03:27:47 PM MDT
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HELENA, Mont. -

Charter Communications wants to take its tax rate battle with the state Revenue Department to the voters.

The cable television, Internet and telephone company is proposing a state ballot measure that would block a state tax increase.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reports the ballot measure is intended to reverse a Montana Supreme Court decision in December. It upheld a state Revenue Department decision to tax all of Charter's property in the state under the 6 percent rate that applies to telecommunication services. Its predecessor, Bresnan Communications, paid part of its taxes under the 3 percent rate that applies to cable television systems.

Attorney General Tim Fox is reviewing the ballot proposal before the company can begin gathering signatures.