Although the tax man is coming for many of us in a few days, AT&T Mobility got a reprieve Wednesday after a Missouri Tax Court ruled they were not responsible for $1.75 million in assessed property taxes. The ruling covers over two dozen towers sites the carrier owns across five counties in the north central region of the state. The court ruled the counties did not follow federal guidelines in evaluating the sites.
The case of AT&T Mobility vs the Boards of Equalization of Caldwell, Daviess, Harrison, Henry, and Mercer counties
(BOEs), ruled in the carrier’s favor after presenting, “substantial and
persuasive evidence rebutting the BOE’s presumption of correct
assessment” and established the ”true value in money” of their property.
Litigation on the case began in 2016.
The Court said AT&T argued that the proper method for valuing the
subject property in these appeals was the cost approach using the
replacement-cost-new-less-depreciation (RCNLD) method as determined by
the company’s appraisal expert. AT&T further argued that the
counties presented no substantial and persuasive evidence to rebut their
findings. The counties believed a correlation existed between
AT&T’s revenue from the operation and use of the subject property
and the value of the subject property. They posited that a 15-year life
should apply to the subject property resulting in values higher than
those they had initially assessed. Continue Reading