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Published April 05, 2010, 01:37 PM

Montana officials say lawsuit by farmers is moot

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Montana Department of Revenue says a property tax lawsuit brought by farmers is moot because of corrections the agency is making and because the groups filing the lawsuit don’t have legal standing.

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Montana Department of Revenue says a property tax lawsuit brought by farmers is moot because of corrections the agency is making and because the groups filing the lawsuit don’t have legal standing.

The agency recently filed documents in Meagher County District Court.

Members of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation and Montana Taxpayers Association filed the class action lawsuit in February contending property tax increases have not been phased in properly.

The groups argue that tax increases in Montana are supposed to be spread over six years at a rate of 16.6 percent annually.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs say nearly the entire increase in the 2009 reappraisal took place in the first year.

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